Calamagrostis Karl Forester, Feather Reed Grass
One of the earliest grasses to bloom Karl Forest Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis adds movement and texture to the gardens for months on end. Tall and slim this grass is perfect for narrow locations or where a well-behaved swath is needed. Showy 5′ plumes appear in May and stay well into winter. Named the 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year and is a Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant of Merit for its outstanding ornamental value and dependable performance.
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. Prefers rich, consistently moist soils that do not dry out. Reportedly does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many other kinds of ornamental grasses. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new spring shoots appear.