• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hel-ik-toh-TREE-kon sem-per-VI-renz
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 24, 30 - 41
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Brown
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasBlue Oat Grass is at home in desert gardens as well as in the traditional perennial border. Plant beside landscape boulders, in rock gardens or at the edges of natural pools. Particularly beautiful planted in masses and paired with blue-gray Mediterranean plants.
    Companion PlantsCombine with other blue-gray foliage plants from the Mediterranean like Lavender, Bush Germander, Olive and Stonecrop for a waterwise garden. Contrasts well with the purple leaf foliage of Barberry, Smoke Bush and Weigela, and red or magenta bloomers like Daylily and Geranium.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, keep slightly dry for best form and foliage color. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage and cut back annually in late winter.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to Central and Southwestern Europe, the name Helictotrichon comes from the Greek words "helix" meaning spiral and "trichos" meaning hair.