Helictotrichon sempervirens

Botanical Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens

Phonetic: hel-lik-toh-TRY-kon sem-per-VY-renz

Common Name(s): Blue Oat Grass

Family: Poaceae
Origin: Central and southwestern Europe
Plant Type: Ornamental grass
Persistence: Evergreen, semi-evergreen

Leaf Type: Narrow, spiky
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Steal blue
Fall Color: –
Texture: Soft
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: Summer/June
Flower Color(s): Blue-brown

Exposure: Full sun
USDA: 4-8
Climate Zone(s): 
Growth Rate:               
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Hydrozone: Low to medium
Pest/Diseases: No serious problems, rust, crown rot (in poorly drained soils and wet conditions)
Soil: Average dry to medium, well-drained soil, best blue color occurs in dryish soils

Features: Clump forming, cool season, ornamental grass, resembles blue fescue but is larger
Uses: Specimen, borders, rock gardens, mass, ground cover, foundation, accent, good contrast with pink flowering perennials and spring bulbs

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