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Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5-11
  • Height 4-6 Feet Tall
  • Spread 2-3 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Part Sun to Sun

The common name for this plant is Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass and the botanical name is Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' . These heat-loving, drought-tolerant plants thrive in hot weather conditions. There are green colored flowers that bloom during winter, spring, summer & fall. The Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass will also attract birds & many other pollinator when in bloom!

In garden planters, use this in the thriller role. Those are plants with drama and that add height or a vertical element to the combination. These are typically in the center or the back of the container. Great for cut flower arrangements or bouquets. Dry the flowers after cutting for long lasting floral arrangements and indoor decor. The Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass typically grows 4-6 feet tall, and 2-3 feet wide. For best plant health and results, space these plants 2-3 feet apart, center on center. The growth habit is upright. The Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is winter hardy & summer tolerant in growing zones 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-11
Flower Color(s): Green
Bloom Period: Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall
Foliage Color(s): Yellow
Light Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
Height Class: Tall
Height: 4-6 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Spacing: 2-3 Feet
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Attracts: Birds
Features: Heat Tolerant; Deadheading Not Necessary
Scientific Name: Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Common Name: Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
Other Name(s): Reed Grass; Ornamental Grass
Brand: Proven Winners

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Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Fall into Winter

  • We’ll ship all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by Cheryl Hatfield on Mar 27th 2019

    only giving this 4 stars, because I have other plants I like way more. but overall i'm very happy with my order. The grass came in very good shape. I put it in the ground right away and it did phenomenal the rest of the fall and winter. Its already starting to come up this spring, so I know it made it through the winter. and I barely had to do anything to these after watering the first couple of weeks.