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Some Like it Cool - Calamagrostis

Some Like it Cool - Calamagrostis

Posted by John Friel on Nov 16th 2022

Energy Efficient Early Grasses

Need a way to keep your benches full and your heating bills low?   With the right crops, it’s a possible dream – even with grasses and perennials! If you like your benches full and your heating bills low, we’ve got the perfect cool season grasses for you. 


Calamagrostis xacutiflora

“Feather reed grass” is a classic cool-season grass that thrives on warm days and easy-to-maintain night temperatures. We offer six varieties of this handsome, versatile species.

‘Karl Foerster’

The standard-setter. Rich green foliage forms erect clumps. PPA Perennial Plant of the Year, 2001.

Height: 3 - 4’.

Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

‘Overdam’

Like a two-tone ‘Karl Foerster’, with creamy longitudinal variegation. 

Height: 3’. 

Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

Lightning Strike®

Broad, flashing bolts of creamy white edged in green. 

Height: 3 - 4’. 

Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

Hello Spring®

A fresh look! Crisp green and white variegation and a refined habit. An ECG exclusive! 

Height: 3 - 4’. 

Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

‘Avalanche’

A handsome variegated form. Green blades with snowy white central bands. 

Height: 3’. 

Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

‘Eldorado’

Also variegated, but with a bold gold stripe down the middle of each blade. 

Height: 4’. 

Hardy in Zones 5 – 10.


All varieties feature attractive, long-lasting, feathery buff plumes. All come in multiple sizes to suit your production protocols. Best of all, they all react favorably to the same economical growing regimen: Trap the sun’s warmth by day and heat to just 45°F (8°C) overnight for optimum growth.

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