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Elymus arenarius

Elymus arenarius

This plant has densely tufted, spreading clumps of strap-like, flowing foliage. Pale blue-gray leaves arch loosely. In summer, it produces stiff, upright, blue-gray spikes of flowers that turn buff.

CareThis grass is tough anywhere, but it is invasive and needs curbing in the spring. Grow in well-drained soil. Cut down in autumn.

PropagationDivide from mid-spring to early autumn.

ProblemsErgot, root rot, and leaf spots can occur.

  • Genus : Elymus
  • Zones : 10, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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