Today's topic my fellow grassophiles is Feather Reed Grass 'El Dorado':
'El Dorado' is a sport of the most famous of feather reed grasses, 'Karl Foerster' and a grass that I have placed all over my landscape.
Some specifics before I proceed with my experiences with this OG:
- 4-5 feet tall and about 2 feet wide
- Survives zones 4-8
- Works in full to partial sun
- A gold variegated color
- A cool season grass - puts on most of its growth in the early spring before temps reach about 75 degrees.
- Starts to bloom in early summer when blooms emerge pinkish and eventually mature to a wheat like color
- Deer resistant like most ornamental grasses
Let's walk through the progression of this grass chronologically, shall we?
By the time I am ready to cut down all of the ornamental grasses in late winter, this one already shows signs of new growth. I like that:
Within weeks, 'El Dorado' is starting to take shape:
An up close shot of the variegation:
By the middle of June, the blooms first emerge:
Within a week's time, the blooms begin to turn a pinkish color:
And then to a much deeper pink shade:
And finally settles in at a nice tan/wheat/brown color:
As I mentioned previously, I have a bunch of these throughout my yard:
They do tend to flop a bit more in partial shade as seen in the photo below:
And are much more upright in full sun:
One final thing. While most websites indicate this grass gets to be between 4 and 5 feet tall, mine max out at about 2 and a half to 3 feet. We'll see if that changes as they become more established.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this grass. Success? Failures? Somewhere in between?