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Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
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Karl Foerster’s Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Calamagrostis

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

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ full sun

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' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (G-0003)
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