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Care of the plant Calamagrostis x acutifolia or Feather reed grass.

Care of the plant Calamagrostis x acutifolia or Feather reed grass

The genus Calamagrostis, family Poaceae, includes some 300 species of grasses native to temperate and tropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species and hybrids are: Calamagrostis x acutifolia, Calamagrostis canadensis, Calamagrostis arundinacea, Calamagrostis epigejos.

Common name: Feather reed grass. It is a hybrid between Calamagrostis arundinacea and Calamagrostis epigejos.

They are deciduous herbaceous plants of erect bearing that reach 1.5 meters in height. The thin, arching leaves are up to 1 meter long and are green in color (later turning golden). The flowers appear in branched erect panicles and can last until winter on the plant.

They are used to form groups and borders, as isolated specimens and in pots for patios and terraces. They are ideal for planting next to ponds and water courses.

Calamagrostis x acutifolia prefers semi-shade exposure in Mediterranean climates and full sun in cooler climates. They resist frost down to -20 ºC.

They will grow in almost any type of soil but prefer normal garden soil that is well drained with coarse sand and contains some organic matter.

Water regularly so that the substrate does not dry out completely. They do not resist drought.

It is recommended to prune dry leaves in early spring.

Fertilize with a little compost at the end of winter.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are easily propagated by division in spring. 

 

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Calamagrostis x acutifolia
Calamagrostis x acutifolia
Calamagrostis x acutifolia
Calamagrostis x acutifolia
Calamagrostis x acutifolia
Calamagrostis x acutifolia