Blue Oat Grass
Blue Oat Grass
Helictotrichon sempervirensItem #3997 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Graceful fountains of silver-blue blades form neat ornamental clumps that combine well with other grasses. Beige to light brown terminal panicles appear June through August. Reliable and attractive accent or specimen, perfect for rock gardens. Evergreen perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often when established.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hel-ik-toh-TREE-kon sem-per-VI-renzPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:2 - 24, 30 - 41Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Airy panicles, mid to late summer.Flower color:BrownFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleMediterraneanDesign 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 PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Yucca (Yucca); Lavender (Lavandula); Ajuga (Ajuga); Sedum (Sedum)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Best growth and foliage color in full sun. Drought tolerant in cool regions; needs supplemental summer watering in hot, arid climates. Cut back in late winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often when established.
- History & LoreHistory:Native to Central and Southwestern Europe, the name Helictotrichon comes from the Greek words "helix" meaning spiral and "trichos" meaning hair.