Avalanche Feather Reed Grass

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Striped & Graceful Avalanche Feather Reed Grass!

  • Upright & Narrow Variegated Foliage
  • White & Green Blades
  • Reddish Spring Growth
  • Showy Pinkish-Purple Plumes!
  • Tall, Moist Soil Loving Ornamental
  • Holds Color Into Autumn
  • Tan Fall Color
  • Deer Resistant
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Graceful Dense Slender Clumps
  • Dried Plumes for Interior Decor
  • Naturalizing & Erosion Control
  • Texture, Sound, Motion & Color!

Graceful and structural, Avalanche Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche') is a stately grass with sparkling variegation on every blade!

Avalanche Feather Reed provides showy, unique color and texture to the landscape and impressive height. Emerging a reddish hue in spring, the remainder of the growing season displays shiny blades of green and white striped variegation.

The airy pinkish-purple plumes are beautiful for floral design, and dried decoration as well as provide year-round interest in the landscape.

A cool season grass that grows in a tidy mound of narrow, upright foliage that slightly fans outwards. Avalanche slowly forms a spreading neat clump, and the variegation shines in the sun!

Holding their color well into autumn, these graceful Ornamental grasses lend an amazing texture, motion and sound to the landscape. Tan hues emerge on Avalanche's blades after frost and the upright growth resists flattening out in the snow.

How to Use Avalanche Feather Reed Grass In The Landscape

Airy, graceful and relaxed, this grass looks loose and informal in partial sun. Avalanche can serve as the main feature in a fall garden long after most other plants have given up! The plumes reach high and soften garden borders and beds in a graceful manner.

In full sun, the growth is upright and can also create formal rows, or tall hedges providing some privacy until winter. Use as a structural, striped backdrop and upright accent in the mixed border and perennial beds.

Tough, resilient Avalanche Feather Reed Grass is a great mass planting to control erosion, on slopes and naturalize those tricky, out-of-the-way areas. The ornate plumes also serve as lovely specimen plantings!

The moisture-loving qualities of Feather Reed make them perfect for low areas in the landscape or in high-moisture locations along Rain Gardens, ponds or streams, and water features.

Feather Reed Grasses are urban environment tolerant and partly drought tolerant too! Making them great for along that 'Hell-strip' along the road, and in tough spots where the soil is poor. Even thriving in heavy clay soils as long as it does not sit in water.

Tall enough for "Living Walls" and Outdoor Garden Rooms creating tranquil privacy! These soothing plants around your outdoor rooms and retreats unwind the nerves and quiet the mind with sound, texture, color, motion and privacy!

Create a focal point in your garden by clustering a grouping of 3 or more for a stand-out accent! Seating areas, birdbaths, outdoor sculptures and urns become the main feature framed with these beauties!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Avalanche Feather Reed Grass does best in full sun and grows upright and strong. However, are just as happy in the part shade, creating a relaxed, open and weeping form in shady spots.

Tolerating wet soils or higher than average moisture, Avalanche does not like to dry out. The fibrous roots do need well-draining soil and cannot sit in water for long periods of time.

Each year late winter or early spring, cut all of the foliage down to just a few inches allowing all new foliage and flowers to develop each year.

With incredible texture, motion, sound and color, the Avalanche Feather Reed Grass is an outstanding structural accent that is graceful and elegant! There is no place this ornamental grass won't look amazing so call Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Avalanche Feather Reed Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Adaptable Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter