Lot Location: 5A.6
Native to Europe, ornamental blue oat grass (Avena sempervirens syn. Helictotrichon sempervirens) is a perennial grass with a dense, clumping habit of foot (.3 m.) long stiff, blue green foliage about ½ inch (1.3 cm.) wide and tapering down to a point. Blue oat grass resembles blue fescue although it is larger; the plant grows 18-30 inches (46-75 cm.) tall. Flowers are borne from the tips of the tapered leaves tipped with golden oat-like seed heads. Beige panicles are produced June through August, eventually achieving a light brown hue by fall. Blue oat grass maintains its attractive light brown fall color through the winter. Blue oat grass is good as an accent plant of in mass plantings. The blue/green foliage with a silvery cast is an excellent eye catcher and accents the green foliage of other plants.