Grass, Feather Reed ‘Karl Foerster’

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2001 Perennial of the Year.

‘Karl Foerster’ is a hybrid (C. arundinacea x C. epigejos) feather reed grass cultivar which is valued for its early bloom, vertical lines and ability to grow in wet soils. It is a slowly-spreading, clump-forming, cool season ornamental grass which features an erect, slightly arching, slender clump of narrow, stiff, rich green leaves growing to 3′ tall and 2′ wide. Leaves produce little fall color, eventually turning tan in winter. In June, tightly-vertical flower stalks rise well above the foliage to 6′ tall bearing narrow plumes of feathery, purplish-green flowers which turn golden as the seeds mature in summer and eventually tan. Clumps generally provide good continuing winter interest.

Additional information

Weight 0.000 oz
Latin Name

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Plant Type

Ornamental Grass


Easily grown in average, medium to wet soil. Does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses. Prefers moist, rich soils which do not dry out.

Light Requirements


Stiff, upright habit.

Plant Height

72 inches

Plant Width

24 inches


Dark green, narrow leaves.


Upright spikes start off green in June, change to bronze, then fade to golden buff in late fall.


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