Calamagrostis brachytricha

Feather Reed Grass-Korean

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery

Calamagrostis brachytricha

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery


Calamagrostis brachytricha

Feather Reed Grass-Korean

Unlike the famed 'Karl Foerster', this species has notable differences: it is a warm season grass, blooms in late summer, prefers moist soil, and is one of few tall grasses that is shade tolerant. Showy plumes emerge pinkish tan, transition to green and mature to tan. Tolerates heavy soils; beautiful alongside water features.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Height: 36-48"
  • Spread: 24-36"
  • Exposure: Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: High Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Brown Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Height: 36-48"
  • Spread: 24-36"
  • Exposure: Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: High Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Brown Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants vary widely by type. Cool season grasses are generally best planted in the fall prior or in late winter/early spring in the greenhouse. Warm season grasses can be planted in spring and summer for same-season sales. Sedges grow best when planted in spring and summer rather than the fall prior.

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants grow well in a wide range of growing media types, provided there is adequate moisture-holding capacity and good drainage. While getting established in their finished containers, most prefer to be kept moist, but not saturated.

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Fall, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Consistent
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: Yes
  • Vernalization Beneficial: No