Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
HELICTOTRICHON sempervirens 'Sapphire Fountain' ('('Saphirsprudel')')
Blue Oat Grass, Sapphire Fountain Grass
Super bright metallic blue color and good rust resistance set 'Sapphire Fountain' apart from other blue oat grasses.Helictotrichon sempervirens originates from southwestern Europe where it naturally resides in open forests, meadows and rocky slopes. Once established, this clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial will tolerate both heat and drought.
In late spring to early summer, the spiky clumps of frosty blue foliage present tall, soft, arching panicles of grassy flowers. The dry brown seedheads that follow can self-sow, so it is best to cut them back. This will also keep the clumps looking finished and neat.
Full sun and an open planting site with good airflow are important for good health. Average to fertile, rocky soil with good drainage is preferred as are locations where humidity is low. This grass will not tolerate “wet feet” and is especially intolerant of cold, wet conditions. Rust can be a problem, especially in humid climates. This is a lovely grass for rock gardens, large open, naturalistic plantings and containers.
9 - 1
4 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Steel Blue
Blue Green, Tan, Steel Blue
Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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