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Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Common Names: feather reed-grass 'Karl Foerster', Calamagrostis 'Stricta'.See also Calamagrostis 'Waldenbuch' which we have not yet trialled in the garden but seems suitable as a slightly shorter growing substitute.
'Karl Foerster' is a clump-forming upright deciduous perennial selection with flat  leaves and pinky bronze flowering panicles that fade to pale buiscuit.

Easy to grow in any well drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Cut down stems in the spring before new growth starts This is one of the most valuable of plants, giving us not only elegance of form but also movement (the stems sway in the wind) through most of the year as they do not quickly collapse as do many grasses.A joy summer and winter.If the height is not accommodatable try the subtly variegated variety 'Overdam',about a foot shorter.
Plant in a row to make a diaphanous screen/hedge.Cut to ground level in spring before new growth emerges.  

Foliage: deciduous

Height: 120 - 190 cm  in 2 to 5 years
Spread: 20 - 50 cm

Planting Location: Flower borders and beds, informal areas, low maintenance, prairie plantings.
From a 9cm pot or divisions (sent without the pot if possible to reduce waste) for planting out.

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster',divisions from our spring potting

SKU: BP202400192
  • Calamagrostis
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