Calamagrostis acutiflora Lightning Strike
Calamagrostis 'Lightning Strike' photo courtesy of Growing Colors

Variegated Feather Reed Grass

About This Grass

'Lightning Strike' features eye-catching foliage with broad central stripes of creamy white, edged in green. Flower plumes will emerge in late spring to early summer and persist through winter if not cut back.

  • Height: 85-91 cm (34-36 in)
  • Spread: 61 cm (24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer
  • Leaf Colour: green and white
  • Bloom Colour: purple pink toning to tan
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow 'Lightning Strike' in fertile, well-drained soil with average to high moisture levels. It is tolerant of clay and wetter sites.