Go Back Overdam Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora
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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.

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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


Good Companions

Other grasses and full-sun perennials

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and Consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


This grass stays around 2 feet tall, while the feathery plumes make it reach almost 5 feet tall.

Bloom Time

Late Spring

Critter Resistance



Full Sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests