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Yipes! Stripes! Beyond ‘Karl Foerster’

Yipes! Stripes! Beyond ‘Karl Foerster’

Posted by Paul on Dec 9th 2020

It’s rank blasphemy to rank any ornamental grass higher than world-famous Calamagrostos 'Karl Foerster'. It is, after all, the first grass ever named Perennial Plant of the Year, and rightly so. It’s a handsome workhorse that makes a designer look like a genius. And it’s one of our top sellers. You won’t hear us dis it.

But we WILL say there are other options in that very same species that give you Karl’s legendary reliability in a fresh, different look: Stripes!

'Eldorado' (PP16486) has been in our lineup for years. As you’d expect from a cultivar named for the legendary city of gold, it features a bold gold stripe down the center of each blade. Height 3 – 4’. Hardy in Zones 5 – 10.

'Avalanche' also lives up to its name with a band of snowy white per blade. Both put up silvery plumes in mid-summer that mature to handsome bronze. Height 3’. Hardy in Zones 4 – 10.

Stripes or solids, the finest in feather reed grass comes from Santa Rosa Gardens! 

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