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Common Name: Feather Reed Grass      Latin Name: Calamagrostis acutiflora      Size: 3 (min) to 5 (max)
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Calamagrostis acutiflora
Maximum Height: 5 feet

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Category: Grass
Genus: Calamagrostis
species: acutiflora
Size: 3 (min) to 5 (max)
Size Description:
Notes: Growth habit: Upright
Foliage: Finely-pointed blades up to 3 feet long, dull green and hairless but rough-textured
Flowers: Golden to pinkish-purple (depending on the cultivar), erect panicles up to 1.5 feet long and ˝ to 1 inch wide. Flowers fade to golden-tan in the summer, and provide architectural interest until late winter
Culture: Full sun and medium to wet soils. Does well in heavy soil. Blooms in light shade. Seeds are sterile so the plant will not reseed. Mow down clumps in late winter before new shoots start to grow. Uses: Specimen, massed, along bodies of water, dried flower
Propagation: Division of stolons.
Cultivars: C. acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ was named the 2001 Perennial Plant Association plant of the year. It has feathery, golden flowers.
‘Overdam’ has white stripes with golden plumes of flowers in mid- to late-summer.
Characteristics: star rating Wet Soil Tolerant
Texture: Rough
Deer Resistance: star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingGood ResistanceSee plants that are deer resistant.
Full Sun Tolerance:star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingPerforms WellSee other plants that like full sun.
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Plant Images and Specimens
Location: Ault Park 5090 Observatory Circle Cincinnati OH
Specimen: 64
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Calamagrostis acutiflora at Ault Park Adopt A Plot
Location: Ault Park Adopt A Plot
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Late Summer 2008
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Calamagrostis acutiflora at Ault Park Adopt A Plot
Location: Ault Park Adopt A Plot
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Late Summer 2008
Location: University of Cincinnati 2600 Clifton Ave Cincinnati OH
Specimen: 107
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