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Calamagrostis
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Including Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Calamagrostis brachytricha, and Calamagrostis foliosa

Calamagrostis

Extremely tough, undemanding and hardy, this truly all-purpose grass brings bold, erect lines to the garden spectrum.


Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’  full sun
Calamagrostis acutiflora Avalanche

This distinctive newcomer is a variegated form of Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ first spotted by Steve Schmidt at American Ornamental Perennials. Showcasing dramatically striped foliage, the medium-sized clumps spring to life as a hefty white central band bordered by narrow green margins embellishes each blade. Topped with an airy aura of rose-tinged green plumes that later take on warm, golden hues, ‘Avalanche’s straight-up stance forges a compelling specimen, or when planted en masse, a boldly patterned screen. (PPAF)

Blooms May–January.

Size: 5' high x 3' wide. Zone 4/5.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ (G-0469)
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Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’  full sun
Karl Foerster’s Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Named for pioneering German nurseryman Karl Foerster, this selection bears loose and airy 12 in. seed heads, which tighten to slender plumes by midsummer. Rising above 2 ft. clumps of narrow green foliage, the inflorescences create an ideal semitransparent veiling effect. Plant with deep green Viburnums to accentuate its golden flowering stems.

Blooms May–January.

Size: 5' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.


Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (G-0003)
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Calamagrostis brachytricha  full sun
Korean Feather Reed Grass

Warmed by rosy maroon plumes, Calamagrostis brachytricha is native to the moist woodlands of eastern Asia. The inflorescences stay open and feathery, even when they dry, and eventually pale to an elegant silvery gray. Magical both in an arrangement or outside when the wind blows, the panicles leap from a clump of glossy green, upright and arching blades. This warm season grass exhibits a smaller stature, making it well suited for a container.

Blooms September.

Size: 4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Calamagrostis brachytricha (G-0067)
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Calamagrostis foliosa  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Cape Mendocino Reed Grass
Calamagrostis foliosa Calamagrostis foliosa

Garnished by violet tinges, low loose mounds of glaucous blue-gray blades generally remain throughout the year and set this cool season California native apart from other North American Calamagrostis species. Slender tapering pinkish purple panicles sojourn just above the relaxed foliage in a lovely fountain-like fashion and by early summer adopt luminous flaxen hues.

Cape Mendocino Reed Grass pouts when it’s hot, appreciates summer irrigation and looks artful either as a large-scale ground cover or peppered throughout mixed borders and naturalized meadows.

Blooms May–November.

Size: 18" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 8.


Calamagrostis foliosa (G-0044)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.

In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden!

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