Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha (Steud.) Hack,

Korean Feather Reed Grass

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Calamagrostis

Parent: Calamagrostis arundinacea

Category: Grass

Zones: 4 to 10

Size: 4' tall in bloom, 2 to 3' spread

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Warm season grass, clumping and upright. Leaves slightly coarse appearance, to 1/2" wide. Flowers in September with deep pink tinted inflorescences which change to creamy beige and remain full. Glossy green leaves, to 1/2" wide. Good autumn interest. Originally from moist areas and needs plenty of water, especially in full sun. Cut back in winter. Can self-sow if in moist shade. Rabbit resistant (Oudolf).


Published in Bull. Herb Boissier 7: 652 in 1899.

Basionym Calamagrostis brachytricha Steud.

PlantList shows it as a synonym of Calamagrostis arundinacea (L.) Roth (based on Kew) but ARS-Grin shows it as accepted. In the trade and publications it is differentiated as 'brachytricha'.

Native to eastern Asia.

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