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Calamagrostis x acutiflora (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora

Feather Reed Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Evergreen, Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Semi-evergreen

CALAMAGROSTIS

These Eurasian natives are sturdy, clumping grasses with feathery flower plumes that fade from purple-tinted green to yellow, then buff. These persist into winter and can be used for fresh or dried arrangements. Cut back clumps low to the ground in late winter, before new growth begins.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora

This is a naturally occurring, sterile European hybrid between Calamagrostis arundinacea and Calamagrostis epigejos. It is known mainly through its evergreen to semievergreen selections.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’  (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Avalanche’

Grows in a clump to 3–4 ft. tall and wide, with purplish green flowers rising to 6 ft. in summer. Leaves are green with white stripes down the middle.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Karl Foerster’ (‘Stricta’)

This plant forms an erect, somewhat arching clump of narrow, bright green leaves 2–3 ft. tall, somewhat broader. Upright flowering stems increase the height to 6 ft. when they first appear in late spring or early summer.

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Overdam’

This plant forms an erect, somewhat arching clump of narrow, variegated green leaves 2–3 ft. tall, somewhat broader. Upright flowering stems increase the height to 6 ft. when they first appear in late spring or early summer.

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