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Canyon Prince Giant Rye Grass

Elymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'

With an exceptional fountain of steel-blue foliage and bold texture, this adaptable California native hybrid offers excellent heat, humidity and drought tolerance. A great accent or background plant. Plant en masse as large-scale groundcover for dramatic effect. Stalks of wheat-colored flowers provide summer and fall interest.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs occasional water; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationEL-ih-mus kon-den-SAY-tus
Average Size at MaturityReaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide in 5 years; 3 to 5 ft. tall in bloom.
Bloom TimeLate Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional water; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)

Tolerant of most soil types. Plant in full sun and avoid over-watering to maintain a neat, compact form. Water regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. In hot in-land regions provide supplemental water in spring and summer. May be cut back in late spring to rejuvenate foliage. Slowly spreads by rhizomes.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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