• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly forms clumps 2 ft. tall and wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Color and Texture
    Blooms:
    Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EL-ih-mus ar-en-AR-ee-us
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly forms clumps 2 ft. tall and wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
    Foliage color:Silver-blue
    Blooms:Late Summer
    Flower color:Brown
    Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Catmint (Nepeta); Potentilla (Potentilla); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Cranesbill (Geranium)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soils; less vigorous in dry, clay soils. Water regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic dry spells. Space 2 to 3 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. May be cut back in late spring to rejuvenate foliage.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.