Helictotrichon Sapphire
Helictotrichon sempervirens Sapphire
Helictotrichon sempervirens Sapphire


 
3.5" pot
  $8.95

Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Mature Size: 24" tall, 18 - 24" wide
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Blooms: Early Summer to Mid - Summer
Flower Color: Tan

Available: Spring 2018

Product Code:
HEL-SAP
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Description Plant Care
 
Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Sapphire' (Blue oat grass, blue avena grass). This cool season evergreen clump forming grass has blue-gray leaves radiating out like a bristly porcupine. The light tan flowers are on erect spikes that rise a foot above the foliage in summer. Use as an accent plant or in mass plantings. Plant in full sun or light shade and give occasional irrigation. Best in soils with good drainage and may rot in heavy soils, especially if over irrigated. The blue color occurs in dryer soils when plant is in full sun or bright shade; too much shade and the plant flops over and opens up in the middle. Maintain plants by removing withered leaves as they appear or by occasionally pulling a steel rake through the foliage. This plant remains evergreen in mild climates but is considered semi-evergreen in areas that experience harsher winters. In these areas it is best to trim plants back close to the ground in late winter. The cultivar 'Sapphire' is more vigorous and has better disease resistance to rust and other fungal diseases than the species (not much of a problem in drier climates). It also has bluer and slightly broader leaves.
Special Characteristics:
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen

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