Blue Lyme Grass
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
These wild ryes or lyme grasses were formerly assigned to Elymus but are now known as Leymus (simply an anagram of the former generic name). They are grown principally for their blue-gray or silvery blue foliage. Very drought-tolerant; will remain evergreen with some summer water.Leymus arenarius
From coastal northern and western Europe. A low, vigorous clump of gray-blue leaves is topped by clusters of inconspicuous flowers. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall in bloom, spreading widely by thick rhizomes. Good soil binder; may need curbing. Flowers are not especially attractive, and the plant looks best when cut back after bloom to stimulate fresh foliage. Does best in cool weather but withstands considerable heat. Grows in sandy soils in the wild; tolerates clay soils.
Native to Europe and western Asia; naturalized in North America. Aromatic plant grows to 2 ft. tall an...
Upright growth to 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with solid deep red flowers.
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