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Dense, rounded clump grass. Bluish-green blades that become graceful and arching with maturity. Produces brown oat-like seed heads. Overwater affects leaf color
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› Blue Oat Grass
France and Italy
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Plant Maintenance Information
Landscape Application Information
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay.
Features very narrow (3/8" wide), spiky, steel blue leaf blades (to 18") which form a rounded, porcupine-like clump.
Predominant flower color:
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 Description:
Golden wheat color
Winter Interest Description:
Native to central and southwest European grasslands
Used by Wildlife:
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.
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:
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.
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