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Reed
Grass

Arrhenatherum elatius


Description:

Reed Grass is a cool season ornamental grass that does quite well during the dog days of summer.  It moves gently with even the slightest breeze when other grasses have gone dormant.  Good for container plantings, screens, foundation plantings, massing or as a specimen.    Plants go well with: Coreopsis, Liatris, Sedum, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, and Miscanthus.

 

Common Name: Feather Reed Grass
Botanical Name: Calamagrostis
Type: Ornamental Grass
Soil Preference: This plant tolerates some drought and flooding and will grow in moist soil but prefers well-drained, loamy, sandy or clay soils.  The pH preference is an acidic to slightly alkaline (6.8-7.7)
Light
Requirements:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Attributes: Naturalizing, winter interest
Pests: none serious
Diseases: Foliar rust can become a problem during wet summers
Good Companion Plants: Aster, Black-Eyed Susan, Blue Mist Shrub, Butterfly Weed, Catmint, Coneflower, Festuca, Stonecrop, Yarrow

Care:

Cut back stems to about 6" in late winter or early spring.  Propagate by division in the fall or spring.

Fertilize with Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, August 15th & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions: Perennials
Info: Ornamental Grass

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Forester'
Feather Reed Grass
zones 5-8
 
Description:  This grass has a wonderful upright growth habit making it very useful to place behind perennials with spreading or rounded shape.  The feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat colored seed heads by fall.   The seed heads can be used as either fresh or dried accents to flower arrangements. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Bloom Color: Purple and yellow
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 48-60"
Spread: 16-18"


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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
Feather Reed Grass
zones 5-8
 
Description:  The foliage of 'Overdam' begins with bright yellow margins then later turns to a pinkish-white color.  The flowers, reaching a height of 36", are pink/tan and change to gold as they age.
Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Variegated, green, pink and yellow
Height: 36-60"
Spread: 24-36"
 

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