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Leymus condensatus

Lyme Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

LEYMUS

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 condensatus

Native to coastal Southern California and the Channel Islands. The species is usually green leafed, reaching 9 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide in bloom. More commonly grown is ‘Canyon Prince’, to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide; foliage is green when new, maturing to brilliant silvery blue. Spreads slowly by rhizomes.

 

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