Blue wheat grass

Elymus magellanicus

Blue wheat grass - Elymus magellanicus

Common Name: Blue wheat grass
Genus: Elymus
Species: magellanicus

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Brown, Purple
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Originating from coastal areas in South America, this tough little grass will thrive in exposed positions in full sun. Its silvery blue, semi-evergreen foliage may die off in colder winters but it is extremely eye-catching throughout summer. Throughout summer stiff upright stems are topped with bluish-purple flowerheads up to 20cm long which gradually fade to a biscuit colour as they mature. Plant it in hot dry spots where it will slowly form spreading clumps. It looks great in a gravel or coastal gardens where it will virtually thrive on neglect.

  • Garden care: Avoid excessive winter wet and summer humidity. Divide congested colonies in spring.