• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    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 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. Drought tolerant once established. Best growth and foliage color in full sun. In hot arid climates, needs supplemental summer watering. Cut back in late winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to Central and Southwestern Europe, the name Helictotrichon comes from the Greek words "helix" meaning spiral and "trichos" meaning hair.