Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

Feather Reed Grass

Tips for Homeowners:

Cut the foliage to the ground in early spring and water in periods of drought.

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Green and cream striped foliage and airy plumes are featured on this strongly vertical grass.

  • Variegated green and white foliage
  • Blooms in June
  • Winter interest

The effect is fabulous whether planted in large groups or singly in the ground and can also be grown in containers.

Height: 30-36 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Zone: 4-9
Color: Pink

Interesting Notes about Feather Reed Grass:

Ornamental grasses are popular in current day landscapes because they provide texture, color, and movement which brings sound to the landscape.  Feather Reed Grass is one of the first to bloom of the grasses and when planted in large masses, texture, color and movement are all multipled.  Best to plant in full sun to keep the foliage neat and upright. The foliage and some seeds will last into winter though seeds are sterile.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Border or Bed
  • Fast Growing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Great Foliage
  • Container
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Ornamental Grass
  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Long Blooming
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green
  • White
  • Variegated


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water