Plant family: Poaceae - Grass
Plant type: Grass-like
Plant origin: N/A, California, Horticultural Selection
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Adaptable
Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost
This medium grass, a selection of the hardy Leymus condensatus, has striking blue-green foliage that adds interest and color contrast to any landscape. Its powdery blue flower stalks grow 1’ -2’ above the broad leaves and can be cut and used in floral arrangements. This specimen grass can be used in a variety of ways; filling large patio containers or spilling over small planters. The foliage color contrasts nicely with the dark green of Ceanothus or Manzanitas. In addition to its aesthetic value, it is a great slope stabilizer, adaptable to many soils, drought tolerant but will also tolerate watering. Cut back every few years for best appearance.
Horticultural selection L. condensatus: origin = cuttings (1968) by Ralph Philbrick, Prince Island off San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Co.; intro SBBG 1986.
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