Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster

This ornamental grass is known for its tall, elegant, feathery stalks that emerge reddish-brown in summer. Calamagrostis Karl Foerster or Feather Reed Grass thrives in wet soils, yet tolerates dry conditions. Use this easy-to-grow plant for garden borders, mass planting, or potted in planters for patio privacy.

Growzone: 4-9

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Feather Reed Grass is a visually stunning deciduous plant known for its clumping ornamental foliage. Also known as Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, this plant’s reddish-brown Spring color gradually turns golden throughout the Fall season. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is the most popular of the hybrid feather reed grasses sold today, and quickly grows 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.


The cultivar name honors Karl Foerster, German nurseryman, who reportedly discovered this plant in the Hamburg Botanical Garden in the 1930s and subsequently introduced it into commerce in 1950. Feather Reed Grass grows best in rich, moist soil and blooms well in partial to full sun. This adaptable plant reportedly does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many other kinds of ornamental grasses.


We recommend planting Feather Reed Grass around landscape borders, in mass planting or urban gardens. This plant also looks great on green roofs, and planted around water gardens, pools, or ponds. Plant this ornamental grass in a planter for patios or front porches. No need to worry about wildlife - while this plant attracts birds, it is deer resistant.

    Mature Height: 2 to 6 Feet
    Mature Width: 2 Feet
    Sunlight: Full sun
    Water Requirements: Average
    Selling Points: Deer resistant, attracts birds, winter interest
    This Plants Growzone: 4-9

    Planting Information

    Before you buy a Feather Reed Grass plant, make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

    How do I water Feather Reed Grass?

    How do I water Feather Reed Grass?

    Feather Reed Grass thrives in rich, moist soil and should be regularly watered. We recommend watering your plant once a week, but mature grass is rather drought-tolerant. Allow the top 3 inches of soil to dry before watering again. If you’re planting Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass in extreme heat, water your plant more frequently.

    How do I fertilize Feather Reed Grass?

    How do I fertilize Feather Reed Grass?

    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass thrives in low-fertilized soil. We recommend sparingly fertilizing this ornamental plant in early spring with a slow-releasing fertilizer.

    How do I prune Feather Reed Grass?

    How do I prune Feather Reed Grass?

    We recommend that you prune Feather Reed Grass in the winter to encourage increased blooms during the spring growing season. Cut clumps to the ground in the late-winter just before the new spring shoots appear. Use grass shears or a hedge trimmer to remove the old stems at least 3 inches from the ground to upkeep attractive appearance.

    What type of soil is best for Feather Reed Grass?

    What type of soil is best for Feather Reed Grass?

    We recommend planting your Feather Reed Grass in rich, moist soil for the best results. Although, this specific ornamental grass can grow in heavy clay soil. This plant naturally grows near ponds so it's important to keep that same environment.


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