14 Feb ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass
Common Name: feather reed grass
Type: Ornamental grass
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to February
Bloom Description: Pinkish-purple
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to wet
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
Leaf: Good Fall
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Erosion, Wet Soil, Black Walnut, Air PollutionPlant in full sun to partial shade, in well-drained soils. Moist soil and regular rain or irrigation are preferable, but the plant will tolerate heavier clay soils and drier sites.
‘Karl Foerster’ is usually free of serious disease or insect problems although a foliar rust disease may appear in particularly wet summers and in situations with poor air circulation. Browsing deer don’t bother it. Little maintenance is required except to cut back the stems to about 6 inches in late winter or early spring. In areas with mild winters the foliage may remain evergreen.