Grass  Variegated  Oat Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum VariegatumA native of Europe, variegated bulbous oat grass is a cool weather deciduous perennial grass that forms an attractive slowly spreading loose clump. The bluish green leaves are 12-16” long and have white edges that create an overall white appearance as the plant grows. Although it looks spikey it is soft and pliable. In warm climates it may look tired in mid-summer and can be cut back to encourage regrowth of fresh foliage when temperatures fall. In cool summers it will form pale green flowers in panicles four to eight inches long. This grass is equally effective in the front of a border, as a specimen, as a ground cover, or in a container. It is drought, salt and shade tolerant but produces the best color in full sun.

Type: Perennial, deciduous grass

Bloom: Panicles of insignificant pale-green flowers in summer

Size: 8-12” H x 12-24” W

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, moist, well-drained

Care: Divide every 2-3 years

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division (spring), root cuttings, seed

Companion Plants: Hosta with white edged leaves, white daffodils, dark-leafed perennials such as Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ or coralbells (Heuchera) ‘Palace Purple’.

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By Karen