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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'

Common Name:
Feather reed grass
Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
Central and Eastern Europe
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3-4 feet high and wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Straw Color
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This is a beautiful tall grass, making sizeable clumps. Both stems and leaves stand nearly erect, to a total height of 3-4 feet, though they are limber and graceful. 'Overdam' has narrow leaves margined in cream, strongly tinged with deep red in fall and winter, except in the mildest climates. Slender wands rise another 2 feet above the foliage in late spring and early summer, bearing narrow plumes of pale pink flowering heads.