This distinctive grass adds seasonal interest to the Autumn Garden.
Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ was introduced into cultivation in the 1950’s by the acclaimed German horticulturist Karl Foerster, who spotted it as a distinct, garden-worthy plant in the Hamburg Botanical Garden in the 1930’s. Reaching 2.5m in height it brings added height and columnar structure to a mixed or herbaceous border in full sun, though it also grows well in containers. Purple-flushed flowers are produced in May, and as the season progresses the seed heads take on a warm buff colour. One of approximately 250 species of cool season grasses, Calamagrostis takes its name from the Greek kalamos (reed), and agrostis (grass-like), hence the common name reed grass.