The pinkish flower heads are 6 to 8 inches long and look like soft, fluffy bottle brushes. The seed heads that follow the flowers are more compact and wheat-like, and they provide interesting garden texture well into the winter.
Common name: Korean feather reed grass
Botanical name: Calamagrostis brachytricha (synonym C. arundinacea var. brachytricha)
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial grass
Zones: 4 to 9
Height: 3 to 4 feet
- Sun: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Tolerates most soil types
- Moisture: Average to fairly damp
- Mulch: None, or 1 inch organic mulch
- Pruning: Cut back in late winter or early spring
- Fertilizer: Apply compost or diluted soluble fertilizer if needed
Pests and diseases
- No serious problems
- Korean feather reed grass likes moist soil and is a good choice for the upper tier of a rain garden.
- The airy flowerheads of Korean feather reed grass are a lovely complement to colorful fall-blooming perennial flowers such as asters, mums and goldenrods.
- Plant Korean feather reed grass singly or in small groups in perennial beds or mixed plantings. It also makes a spectacular mass planting where space allows.
All in the family
- The grass family (Poaceae) is a very large group with nearly 12,000 species worldwide.
- Grass family members are an essential element in many ecosystems and are also important sources of animal forage and human food, including corn, wheat, Rice and oats.
- One of the most popular Calamagrostis for gardens is the hybrid cultivar C. × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.
Where to buy
- Bluestone Perennials, bluestoneperennials.com
- Digging Dog Nursery, diggingdog.com
- Joy Creek Nursery, joycreek.com
Photo: Missouri Botanical Garden