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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

Striped feather reed

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (48810)

Plant details

One of many excellent grasses which tolerate a wide range of soils, and can be relied on to flourish year after year. 'Overdam' makes a thick, slightly arching clump of thin, vertical green leaves which are variegated white, the new leaves having a pink tint in spring. The summer plumes rise above the leaves, and are quite effective even when they are spent. If the foliage starts looking a bit tired and jaded after midsummer, you can cut it back to force up a fresh new batch of leaves.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Calamagrostis

Species: x acutiflora

Cultivar: Overdam

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: April to April

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