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Feather Reed Grass ‘Avalanche’ (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Avalanche')

Size
Color
Green w. White Variegation

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A variegated selection of Feather Reed Grass, suited to a multitude of uses and not invasive in any way. Green leaves are striped down the middle with white, developing a decent sized clump by mid to late spring. Soft feathery greenish-mauve plumes appear in early to midsummer, maturing into stiff wheat-coloured spikes, which last into winter. May be used in large groupings towards the back of a border, but also very effective when used more as a single specimen. Hardy enough to survive in containers or tubs in many regions, and likely to survive outside in Zone 3 or colder. Clumps may be easily divided in spring. Trim to the ground in March. Cool-season. A sport from the extremely popular selection ‘Karl Foerster', discovered by Steve Schmidt in Oregon. Better impact and vigour than ‘Overdam'.

 

USDA Zones: 4 - 9

Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade

Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
  Moist

Care Level
  Easy


Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Mauve/Lilac

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
  Late Fall

Foliage Color
  Deep Green
  Variegated
  White

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Massed
  Specimen

Flower Head Size
  Medium

Height
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches

Spread
   60-75 cm
   23-29 inches

Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium


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