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Calamagrostis brachytricha (Korean feather reed grass)

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Korean feather reed grass or diamond grass

Calamagrostis brachytricha is a clump-forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about 2 feet. In late summer blooms emerge with a pink tint and reach 3 to 4 feet. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a straw color in winter. A graceful addition to the shade or part shade garden! One of the few flowering grasses that is happy in the shade. Wonderful for cut flowers.

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Height

3 Feet

Spread

3 Feet

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Korean feather reed grass Interesting Notes

This species of reed grass is a slowly-spreading, clump-forming grass which features a mound of narrow, stiff, green leaves (1/4 to 5/8" wide) typically growing to 2' tall and as wide. Pinkish tinged flower plumes appear in late summer atop stems rising well above the foliage clump to 4' tall. Plumes mature to a light tan as the seeds ripen, but tend to disintegrate by early winter. Foliage turns yellowish beige in fall. Also sometimes sold C. arundinacea var. brachytricha. Also sometimes commonly called foxtail grass, feather reed grass or Korean feather reed grass in reference to the feathery flower/seed plumes. - Missouri Botanical Garden

Calamagrostis brachytricha Growing and Maintenance Tips

C. brachytricha is tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions, including shade, but adequate moisture is necessary if grown in full sun. Propagate by seed or division of clumps every few years. Cut stems down to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Most effective as a specimen, in containers or perennial border.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Summer
Summer
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Average
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Horticultural Plug
Green Infrastructure
Erosion Control
Woodland
Green Roof
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Grass Type
Cool Season