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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

Striped feather reed

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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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