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Overdam Feather Reed Grass

Overdam feather reed grass is native to Europe. It is a very sturdy ornamental grass that will maintain its height even after heavy storms.

This beautiful cool season grass has a nice vertical growth habit that contrasts nicely with other garden plants. The narrow leaves are rather stiff. They are variegated green and white most of the year and then turn tan in the winter.

In the summer, flower stalks rise above the foliage level baring feathery flowers in a pinkish-green hue. These flowers turn gold as the seeds mature and end up tan for winter. The clumps maintain their shape all year, providing winter interest.

Planting Ideas

Overdam feather reed grass looks good as a specimen plant. It adds a tall architectural quality to small gardens.

It has showy flowers that make good additions to fresh and dried arrangements. The seed heads attract wild birds.

Good companion plants for this grass include yarrow, black eyed Susan, butterfly weed, coneflower, catmint, daylilies, blue mist shrub, stonecrop, aster and festuca.

Overdam can be used in container gardens as the tall thriller plant that gives height. Plant by water features and let the grass do what it does best. Overdam feather reed grass looks good almost anywhere you plant it.

Drifts of this grass looks lovely along streambeds or property lines. Use it as a screen plant so you can enjoy the movement.

Planting And Care

This grass likes full sun in cooler regions. In hot areas, try to find it some shade during the hottest part of the day. Beware of too much shade, however as it may flop without sufficient light.

It likes moisture, so keep it watered. It is deer resistant and has few natural pests. This is a cool season grass, so it will continue to look nice as the weather gets cooler.

Leave the foliage in place until early spring and then prune off the dead parts to stimulate new growth.

Leave about one third of the plant intact to protect the crown. Clumps can be divided in the spring to keep the clump's size controlled. Transplanting can occur at any time of year.

Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

  • Best Soil: Medium to wet soil

  • Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foliage Color: Green with white edges

  • Flower Color: Pinkish-green

  • Bloom Time: June to September

  • Mature Size: Grows up to 3 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide

  • Watering: Medium to wet

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

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