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Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass planted in landscape
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass potted plant on white
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass planted in landscape
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass potted plant on white

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 4' tall
  • Mature Width: 2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1.5-2' apart


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Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

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Why the Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass?

Ten-HUT! Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass stands at attention. This popular Fringe starts growing early in the season and sends up soft, fluffy plumes in late spring or early summer. Within a few weeks, however, the plumes tighten up, becoming rigid and arrow-straight. The buff-colored spikes persist throughout summer and fall and last well into winter, imparting a crisp, clean, formal look to your landscape. Great as a single specimen and even better en masse, Karl Foerster will bring a sleek and sophisticated vertical accent to the landscape beds around your home.

Feather Reed Grass is a naturally occurring hybrid Fringe native to Europe. It was correctly identified as a hybrid in the early 1900s by—you guessed it—Karl Foerster, a legendary German nurseryman. Foerster is remembered for defying the Nazis in WWII by hiring Jewish friends at his nursery. He also refused Nazi orders to grow only “pure,” native German plants—he simply grew the best plants he could find, no matter where they were from. This lovely Fringe is the most popular plant that bears his name. It can now be found in gardens around the world.

How to use in the landscape?

Landscape architects have embraced Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass in recent years because of its classy, polished look, its adaptability, and its ease of culture. You’ll find it used in broad, sweeping drifts on commercial sites. You’ll want to use it for all the same reasons in your own garden!

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

How To Plant

Growing Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass couldn’t be simpler. This fast-growing Fringe likes a spot in full sun, but it will tolerate part shade. Give it regular water in any type of soil. Clay soil is fine as long as it has decent drainage. Karl Foerster can withstand temperatures down to -30ºF, and the plant will pop back up time and again after rain and snow flatten it down. Cut it back to within a few inches of the ground in late winter, before new growth emerges in early spring. Feed at that time with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer.

How To Water

Water as soon as they arrive! Grasses need to be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil for proper establishment in the landscape.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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