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Calamagrostis acutiflora
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Plant Type: Grasses

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.

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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


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


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

Early Spring.

Critter Resistance

Deer, rabbits.


Most sun/part shade.

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Spring through Winter.