Go Back Overdam Ornamental Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'
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Plant Type: Grasses

'Overdam' has variegated foliage that starts out with bright creamy-white margins which then fade to white with a pink flush. The upright clump of foliage will remain under 2' tall. In late spring,strikingly erect, feathery plumes with sand-colored seed heads appear,reaching up to 5' tall. 'Overdam' is an ideal backdrop for low-growing,flowering perennials all through the year.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Though C. 'Overdam' prefers northern climates with sunny, dry weather,it will grow in partial shade in the south. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 in. in spring before new growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall.

Flower Color

Purple shades

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

1-2 ft.

Good Companions

Aster-New England {Aster novae angliae} Butterfly Bush {Buddleia davidii} Butterfly Weed {Asclepias tuberosa} Catmint {Nepeta} Coneflower-White {Echinacea purpurea} 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


Mass Plant, Cut flower or foliage, Salt tolerant, Dried Flower, Border, Specimen

Bloom Time

Late spring,

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Early to mid winter