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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

Photo:
Kathy Ketchum

Taxon ID#

40

Dense, rounded clump grass. Bluish-green blades that become graceful and arching with maturity. Produces brown oat-like seed heads. Overwater affects leaf color

Scientific  Name:

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Common Name 1

› Blue Oat Grass

Family:

Poaceae

Origins:

France and Italy

Plant Type:

Grass
Common Name 2

Common Name 3

Oregon native:

no

Western state native:

no

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Landscape Application Information

Seasonal Care

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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Low

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

4

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

M

Soil Preference:

Acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay.

Fertilizer Needs:

Recommended Mulch:

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Other

Foliage Description:

Features very narrow (3/8" wide), spiky, steel blue leaf blades (to 18") which form a rounded, porcupine-like clump.

Fragrant:

no

Predominant flower color:

Other

Flower Description:

Spikelets of bluish-brown flowers arranged in open, one-sided panicles arching at the tip appear on erect stems rising well above the foliage clump in June. Flower spikelets mature to a golden wheat color by fall.

Fall color:

yes

Fall Color Description:

Golden wheat color

Winter Foliage:

Semi-Evergreen

Winter Interest:

no

Winter Interest Description:

Mature height:

2-4'

Mature spread:

2-3'

Growth rate:

Slow

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

yes

Fire Resistant:

no

Attracts Pollinators:

no

Attracts Butterflies:

no

Native Habitat:

Native to central and southwest European grasslands

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

no

Used by Wildlife:

no

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

Photo:

Hedge/Screen:

no

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

no

Windbreak:

no

Ground Cover:

yes

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

yes

Cover Structures:

no

First Bloom:

Jun

Last Bloom:

Adds Texture/Movement:

Jun

Ornamental Accent:

yes

yes

Garden Observations:

Seasonal Care
Maintenance

SEASONAL CARE

Spring Care:

Summer Care:

Fall Care:

Grasses do not need to be cut down before winter. In fact, they are attractive when left standing and the foliage helps to insulate the crown of the plant.

Winter Care:

Evergreen in milder climates, the leaves die back in harsher winters; use a rake to remove the old foliage or cut back close to the ground in late winter. It is more semi-evergreen in harsh winters where foliage decline will occur. In these areas, plants

Long Term Care:

Insect Pests:

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Environmental Problems:

Landscape Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Rust may be troublesome in humid climates, though this cultivar reportedly has good resistance. Crown rot may occur in moist, poorly drained soils.

Care Comments:

RESOURCES

OSU Landscape Profile:

USDA Plants:

Calscape Database:

LBJ Native Plant Database:

Missouri Botanical Garden Database:

Monrovia Profile:

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