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Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’: year-round texture and interest

Calamgrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ is a wonderful upright ornamental grass which arguably looks as good during the winter as it does throughout summer. With a decidedly upright growth habit, it serves as eye-catching focal point whether it is used as an individual specimen or as a larger drift or group.


Happy in most soil types except very heavy or wet ground, C. ‘Karl Foerster’ can cope with full sun or partial shade. It has mid-green leaves which fade to a straw colour during autumn. The feathery flower panicles emerge in mid-summer and usually remain on the plant long into winter. They provide wonderful visual and textural interest during the coldest months, standing proud through the worst of the weather.


One of the earliest grasses to ‘show’ in the spring, and providing such long-lasting interest, C. ‘Karl Foerster’ is a valuable plant for practically every garden. We love to use it alongside tall perennials such as Verbena bonariensis, Foeniculum ‘Purpureum’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.



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