Blue Oat Grass

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Blue Oat Grass - Helictotrichon sempervirens

Common Name: Blue Oat Grass
Genus: Helictotrichon
Species: sempervirens

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.40 m (140 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Gold
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Tightly rolled blue-grey leaves form a neat mound crowned with upright golden spikelets in summer. This grass is also evergreen which means minimal maintenance. Although it will tolerate some shade it is prone to rust if it gets too wet. Helictotrichon looks very natural growing alongside Mediterranean-style plants. Try it in a gravel border where its colour is beautifully offset by the honey tones of the stones and give it room to express itself.

Garden Care: Remove dead foliage and flowering stems in late winter or early spring.