Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Organic)



100% Organically grown Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foestner’.

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Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, or feather reed grass, is easily identified by its decorative narrow green leaves adorned with beige-brown plumes. The flower heads of Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ emerge in early summer and often remain upright throughout the winter.

This grass can thrive in both sunny and shaded locations. The faded stems and dry foliage of Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ are best pruned in March. Be prompt in this task, as this ornamental grass starts its growth early.

Its distinctive stiff, upright growth is the hallmark of this grass, named after the renowned German plantsman who introduced it to the public in the 1950s. Plant it in abundance to create a feathery screen or in small groups for added height and definition in a perennial border. It also complements buildings when planted nearby. This grass is among the first perennials to sprout, with shoots emerging in early spring, followed by initially green flowers that gradually fade to a buff hue.

Garden care is minimal; simply cut it down to the ground in February. Resist the temptation to trim it earlier, as its wheat-coloured stems contribute drama and a robust winter presence to the garden.

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