Botanical: Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Blue Oat' Grass
Common: Ornamental Grass
General Characteristics: Combines well with purple- or silver-leaved plants. Deer resistant! Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.
Tip: Helictotrichon is a neutral grass. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants. Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.
Grow in well-drained, poor to moderately fertile, alkaline soil. Tolerates gravelly, infertile soils. Remove dead leaves and old flowers in spring. Tolerates drought once established. Propagation - Sow seed in spring, or divide clumps in spring.
Use: Blue Oat' grass is great in planters. It is a Bunchgrass often used as an ornamental grass. It is a wonderful addition in most any garden design or landscape.