CALAMAGROSTIS arundinacea ‘El Dorado’

Feather Grass –

0073 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. USPP#16486: unlicensed propagation prohibited. Registered with COPF.

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Feather Grass
El Dorado
Perennial
4
Summer, Fall
Mauve, Lilac
Deep Green, Gold, Variegated
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4′
4′

Site Selection
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soil in full sun. Does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses. Prefers moist, rich soils which do not dry out. Blooms in light shade, and appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

Care
Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new shoots appear. This grass will not self-seed in the garden because seeds are sterile.

Companion Plants
Aster – Mounds of pink, purple, or white asters look great in the fall garden surrounding the upright form of feather reedgrass.
Sedum – Tall sedums, such as ‘Autumn Joy’, with their rosy blooms that mature brown, create a stunning muted fall color scheme when paired with feather reedgrass.
Coneflower – For a knockout sunny summer combination, plant purple coneflower next to feather reedgrass.

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