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Stunning Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

  • Boldly Handsome Look
  • Highly Decorative
  • Upright Growth Habit
  • Fast Growing
  • Adaptable
  • Deer Resistant

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') is sometimes known as "motion grass," owing to the fact that it sways with the slightest breeze. This grass is beloved by growers who appreciate the added aesthetic appeal. Ideal for adding vertical definition to your landscape, this upright variety of feather reed grass is one of the world's most popular garden grasses.

Easy to cultivate, this ornamental grass is known for its delightful feathery plumes that have an airy, light pink color that instantly draws the eye, seeming to wave at passersby. The glossy leaf blades are a hue of deep green, and they grow up straight from the ground, remaining tall and straight even after heavy rains or winds.

As the seed heads of this Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass mature, they transition to hues of tan that remain persistent throughout the fall season, providing delimitation well into the winter months. These seed heads also provide a tempting treat for aviary buddies that drop by for a wholesome snack in the normally barren throes of winter.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass naturally grows upright, and quickly! This easy-to-grow ornamental grass is deciduous in climates where the winter is cold and harsh and remains evergreen in milder locations. Grow it in a sunny spot or partial shade where it get regular rainfall.

This hardy grass adapts well to a variety of soils and conditions. Unlike many ornamental grasses that self-seed, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass does not self-seed - so you don't have to worry about it becoming invasive.

It's easy to see why Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass was once named "Perennial of the Year". With its perpetual motion, enchanting plumes and lively color, Karl Foerster is sure to keep you entertained throughout the seasons.

Add this wonderful ornamental grass to your landscape. You'll be charmed by it's handsome good looks. Order yours 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

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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70 - 99.99 24.95
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Superior Architectural Variety

Commonly known as Feather Reed Grass, the Calamagrostis x acutiflora is a cross between a native Asian feather grass, Calamagrostis arundinacea, and a European native, Calamagrostis epigejos.

Though the hybrid happens naturally in the wild, the Karl Foerster selection was discovered in the Hamburg Botanical Gardens in the 1930's by German Nurserymen Karl Foerster and named in his honor. Karl Foerster' Calamagrostis was introduced in 1950.

The Calamagrostis is noted for its wide adaptability to different soil types and climates, as well as its almost year-round beauty in the landscape.

Best known for it's use in prairie plantings done by famed plantsman and garden designers, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Swede. They used sweeps of this erect grass to great effect, creating a sculptural experience for visitors to their gardens.

The California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list has this plant rated at MEDIUM TO LOW water use. This qualifies the Calamagrostis for use in areas where plants with average to infrequent watering needs are desired. They are ideal for using in swales or in berm plantings or for erosion control.


Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Soil Type Moist
Sun Exposure Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Reddish Bronze