Common name: Grass-Ornamental, Blue Oat Grass.
Zones 3 to 8.
Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide;
Clump forming, semi-evergreen habit.
Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow, cool season ornamental grass. Blue Oat looks like a miniature water fountain, with its densely packed leaves gently spraying upward and arching back downward at the tips. This species displays spiky, blue-gray foliage that will draw your attention all season long. In mild climates, this is evergreen; it is semi-evergreen in colder zones. In early summer, small, tan seed heads appear on tall stems held well above the foliage. Blue Oat adds a small, coarse element to rock gardens, coastal gardens, or dry hillsides. It is also great in containers.
Helictotrichon sempervirensgrows easily in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. 'Drier conditions will result in the best blue color. Use a stiff rake to remove old foliage. Northern zone plants may benefit by being cut back close to the ground in late winter.
Excellent as a border plant, container, dried flower or seed heads, drought tolerant, edging, ground cover, mass plantings, salt tolerant and specimen or focal point.
Thirty (30) plants per flat (or tray). Approximate Plug Measurements: 4.25 inches deep x 2 inches wide.