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Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘El Dorado’

Feather reed grass

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusCalamagrostisFrom the Greek kalamos, “a reed or stalk,” and agrostis, “grass or weed,”
Cultivar‘El Dorado’

About plant names...

Feather reed grass is a group of cultivated grasses valued as ornamental plants in landscape plantings. They are not found in nature. This is a variegated form of Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Forester,' with leaves that have a bright yellow streak along their centers.

Identification: This grass grows in clusters 4-6′ (1.2-1.8 m) high and 2-2½′ (60-76 cm) around. The foliage reaches about halfway up the cluster; the rest is flowerheads on long stalks. Flowers are light green at first, becoming pink-purple.


Calamagrostis × (feather reed grass)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts

Here are some cultivars:

Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Avalanche’
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Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘El Dorado’

Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Overdam’
Common Name

feather reed grass

feather reed grass

feather reed grass
Plant In clusters 3-5′ (91-152 cm) high and ~1′ (30-36 cm) around. Variegated form of Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Forester.' Grows in clusters 4-6′ (1.2-1.8 m) high and 2-2½′ (60-76 cm) around. Hybrid of C. arundinacea x C. epigejos.. This grass grows in clusters 2-5′ (60-152 cm) high and 1-2′ (30-60 cm) around.
Flowers Light green at first, becoming pink-purple. They appear from June to February, starting earlier than some other cultivars. Flowers are light green at first, becoming pink-purple. Light green at first, becoming pinkish green, blooming from July to February.
Leaves Leaves are variegated (white with green edges). Variegated with a yellow streat along the center of each leaf. Variegated with green and white stripes.
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 5-9

USDA Zones: 4-8

USDA Zones: 4-7
Type Cultivar Cultivar Cultivar


Online References:

The University of California Sonoma County Master Gardeners (Calamagrostis × acutiflora)

Water-wise Plants for Utah Landscapes (Calamagrostis × acutiflora)

Bohn’s Farm and Greenhouses


Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘El Dorado’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.

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Range: Zones 4-8:

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