Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche'

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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This is a variegated selection that holds its foliage color all season to varying degrees and has attractive pinkish green flowers.

  • Attractive variegated foliage
  • Colorful plumes summer into winter
  • Non-invasive clumping habit

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

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 1-2 ft
Zone: 4-9
Color: Red

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 persist in winter though seeds are sterile.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Border or Bed
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Native
  • Great Foliage
  • Container
  • Fast Growing
  • Ornamental Grass
  • Rock Garden
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • White
  • Variegated
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water