Plant of the Week: Korean Feather Reed Grass

This beautiful ornamental grass blooms in late summer with feathery pink-tinted panicles that fade to a cream color in the colder months of the year.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Korean feather reed grass, or Calamagrostis brachytricha, is an ornamental grass that has bright green foliage during the warmer months of the year. At the end of the summer, it flowers with feathery pink-tinged panicles, or blooms, that fade to a golden color as the weather cools and the seeds ripen. All of the High Line’s grasses are allowed to overwinter naturally before being trimmed during our annual Spring Cutback Korean feather reed grass’ firm stalks and dried seed heads will eventually add beautiful texture to the High Line’s winter landscape.

On the High Line at 15th Street, 24th Street, and between 28th and 30th Streets

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