• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, allowing soil to dry slightly between intervals.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage and Plumes
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hel-ik-toh-TREE-kon sem-per-VI-renz
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 24, 30 - 41
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Brown
    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 PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Sedum (Sedum); Yucca (Yucca); Lavender (Lavandula); Ajuga (Ajuga)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, water regularly, but allow to dry out slightly between intervals for best foliage color. Drought tolerant in cool climates. Prune away old, faded foliage before new growth emerges in spring.Pruning time: late winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, allowing soil to dry slightly between intervals.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to Central and Southwestern Europe, the name Helictotrichon comes from the Greek words "helix" meaning spiral and "trichos" meaning hair.