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Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis

Growing Feather Reed Grass: Tips at a Glance

Ornamental feather reed grasses (Calamagrostis) preferdamp soil, making them a good choice at the edge of a natural swimming pool, on the banks of a pond, or in a boggy corner of a backyard.)

  • Type Ornamental grass
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA zones 3-9
  • Light Sun
  • Water Moist soil
  • Foliage Airy wands
  • Design Tip Winter interest
  • Companions Agastache, verbena
  • Peak Season Summer flowers

Feather Reed Grass: A Field Guide

With more than 250 species (and many more cultivars), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) is a versatile ornamental perennial plant to add texture and graceful height to a garden.

From clumping varieties such as ‘Karl Foerster’ (a favorite of superstar Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf), to spreading species such as C. stricta, feather reed grass will create drama and height if you plant it en masse in a landscape.

Other grasses are excellent companions to feather reed grass: consider pairing it with Stipa or New Zealand wind grass for texture and an airy backdrop.

Planting, Care & Design of Feather Reed Grasses

More About Feather Reed Grasses

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