Blooming Now--Feather Reed Grass

 
         We don't usually think of grass as "blooming", but the heads on grass are their flowers. Ornamental grasses are at their peak in late summer and early autumn. And if not cut back, they can continue on adding interest to the landscape into winter.
         Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis  x acutiflora) comes in multiple varieties. Some have variegated foliage and some reach 5 feet in height. What they all have in common is that they bloom early. This makes them ideal for areas like southeast Idaho that have a short growing season. The flowers are what give most grasses their ornamental interest, and having an early bloom time ensures that these grasses will bloom in a short growing season.

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