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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long. C. 'Karl Foerster' provides a great backdrop for lower growing,flowering perennials throughout the year. It is also useful for screening purposes and will not reseed. A good choice for heavy clay soils.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

C. 'Karl Foerster' prefers sunny, dry conditions. It can be grown innearly any soil, including heavy clay. Be sure to provide plenty ofmoisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 in. in spring beforenew growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall.

Flower Color

Tan shades

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

2 ft.

Good Companions

Aster-New England {Aster novae angliae} Black-Eyed Susan {Rudbeckia} Butterfly Weed {Asclepias tuberosa} Catmint {Nepeta} Coneflower-Purple {Echinacea purpurea} Grass-Ornamental {Festuca glauca} Snakeroot-Chocolate {Eupatorium rugosum} Stonecrop {Sedum} Yarrow {Achillea}

Plant Height

5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Dried flower, Border, Salt tolerant, Drought tolerant, Cut flower or foliage, Mass Plant,

Bloom Time

Late spring,

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Early winter to mid winter