• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Airy panicles, mid to late 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 habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Airy panicles, mid to late summer.
    Flower color:Brown
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Yucca (Yucca); Lavender (Lavandula); Ajuga (Ajuga); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat; less often when established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to Central and Southwestern Europe, the name Helictotrichon comes from the Greek words "helix" meaning spiral and "trichos" meaning hair.