Monday, May 7, 2012

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Feather Reed Grass
This is a northern hemisphere grass which has become very popular over the last ten years. The selling point is that word 'architectural', referring to the stiff pink-bronze inflorescences which stand up to 1.8m high above the clump of foliage which stays around the 60cm mark. So far mine has failed to produce more than a few of these flower heads and I am beginning to wonder whether that it is just too warm on the coast for this grass to perform at its best. The grassy clump itself is pleasant enough and certainly low maintenance with none of the browning or dead material which is often associated with growing Miscanthus grass. I am growing it around the base of a Jacaranda tree and behind some lavenders.This is a sterile hybrid and propagation is by division of the clump in spring.

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