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Variegated Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

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Variegated Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

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Special Features
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Bird Friendly
Deer Resistant
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Variegated Reed Grass is a medium-sized ornamental grass that forms a clump of leaves 2 to 3 feet tall, topped with flower spikes reaching 4 or 5 feet. It has beautiful white edges on the leaves, giving it a bright and showy look. The fluffy flower plumes begin white, turning purple-pink and then beige, lasting into winter. It grows from early spring, flowering in June, and it’s ideal for cooler areas where maiden grasses don’t flower until fall. Grow it among perennial flowers, around woodlands, on slopes and beside water. It is also very attractive in planters and pots.

  • Striking white-striped leaves sprout early in spring
  • Non-invasive – won’t take over your beds
  • Flowers in June and spikes last into winter
  • Tall plumes of fluffy flowers turn purple-pink and then beige
  • A great choice for cooler zones and areas with cool, dry summers

Full sun is best for growing the Variegated Reed Grass, which grows best in moist but well-drained soils. It also grows well in heavy clay and wet ground, as well as in ordinary garden soil that isn’t too dry. It doesn’t have any pests or diseases, and deer normally leave it alone. An annual cutting down between late fall and early spring is all the maintenance it needs.

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