Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
1 to 3 ft.
18 to 24 in.
species is native to Europe
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Overdam feather reed grass is an ornamental grass with white-edged leaves. It grows as an upright clump.
In mid-summer, narrow, upright plumes grow above the leaves. The flowers have a slight pink-bronze cast which fades to tan as the seedheads ripen.
Overdam feather reed grass is shorter, forms looser clumps and tolerates more shade than Karl Foerster feather reed grass.
Overdam feather reed grass has performed moderately well at the Xeriscape Garden. It tends to be eaten by rabbits frequently. If it doesn't get sufficient moisture early in the year, its growth is stunted for the growing season.
It grows well in moister locations throughout Colorado Springs. The light-edge leaves can create a bright accent in the landscape.
Cut down previous year's leaves and stems to ground level before new growth appears in spring.