Lightning Strike® Feather Reed Grass

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This grass is electric! Variegated white and green bolts of grass blades shoot up from the ground in early spring with the Lightning Strike® Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Lightning Strike') then soften and move elegantly in the wind to create a two-tone wave of motion in the landscape!

The 3-foot tall ornamental cool-season grass creates a mounding, arching and flowing form! Green flowers begin to emerge to cover the tops in early summer, turning shades of pink and purple as the season progresses. The foliage and flowers dry on the plant, creating lovely fall and winter interest as well.

Feather Reed Grasses like this are cold and heat-tolerant throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, and tolerate a variety of growing conditions, from full sun to part shade and wet to dry conditions. Deer and rabbits tend to leave them alone, giving you an all-round versatile and adaptable perennial grass to enjoy without worry!

Planting and Application:

These grasses are used around water gardens and water features to create a soft and flowing element that matches their Zen-inspiring surroundings. Ideal as a specimen because of its bold white and green stripes, Lightning Strike® adds a bit of pizzazz to the landscape! Ideal as a flowy backdrop for perennials and garden edges.

Feather Reed grasses will add a new architectural dimension wherever they are planted! Plant the easy-living Lightning Strike® grass in a full to partial sun area en masse, along borders and tops of retaining walls to soften the edges, or even as excellent specimen plants! Even containers and planters gain a soft and elegant spiller and colorful filler!

  • White & Green Variegation
  • Easy to Grow Cool-Season Grass
  • Nearly Year-Round Interest
  • Floral Design & Container Gardens!
  • Flowing Elegant Specimens, En Masse, Drifts & Around Water Features

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Feather Reed Grass can withstand the full sun as well as partial shade. Growing best in dry conditions once established, Reed grasses also do well in moist to average sites, with summer moisture access best to keep them looking their best. Choose a location with rich moist soil, but these adaptable grasses can also take dry, poor soils, even clay. Minimal maintenance is required, as it's deer and pest resistant, along with good disease resistance! You can prune in early spring, and divide your mature Lightning Strike® Feather Reed Grass after a few years of growth in late winter to early spring as well. This will help create healthier plants overall.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Thrives in Moist to Dry Sites Once Established
  • Rich Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Flowing ribbons of dramatic variegated leaves and pink plumes! You'll love the Lightning Strike® Feather Reed Grass as much as we do here at so hurry and order several 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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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Lightning Strike® 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 'Lightning Strike'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color White & Green
Fall Color Yellow, White
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring