Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
On Aug 10, 2006, mendogardener from Ukiah, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
A great upright grass that does not fall apart. A diminutive, variegated form of Karl Forester, it has a very small "downtime" here in Zone 8/9 (inland northern California) Takes blazing full sun without showing any stress, which is great for a variegated plant. We had 110 degrees in July.
Let it stand through the winter and cut it back late winter-in no time, you will have regrowth of foliage and a nice clump of grass. This is the longest blooming grass I am aware of. Blooms in June here and doesn't stop til late Winter. I can't say enough about this and Karl Forester. Yowza!
On Aug 10, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:
Another good feather reed grass. It is cold hardy Z3 according to the tag on one I planted this year.
The tag also recommends to cut it to the ground midsummer to encourage a flush of new growth. I plan to do that next summer when the clumps are larger.
This grass is best divided in the spring to help it remain vigorous. A nice addition to help show off a vignette of group plantings.
Excellent grass about 4 ft tall rising from about a 12-18 in clump of leaves. As with most grasses, looks great with backlighting of a.m. or p.m. sun. Flower heads move in the slightest wind. This variety of grass has the extra benefit of remaining intact over the winter, withstanding even our many storms off the Pacific. Cut to the ground in early spring. Easy to propagate by dividing root ball. Some of mine even thrive in part shade.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Cloverdale, California Ukiah, California Colorado Springs, Colorado Palmyra, Illinois Spring Grove, Illinois Bremen, Indiana Mishawaka, Indiana Ludington, Michigan St Paul, Minnesota Glendale, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Billings, Montana Elizabeth City, North Carolina Granville, Ohio Dover, Pennsylvania Olympia, Washington Vancouver, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin Menasha, Wisconsin