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Blue Lyme Grass (8 of 17)

Elymus arenarius

  • Perennial, cool season grass with blue foliage

  • Plant in organic soil; tolerant of wet and dry soil

  • Plant in full sun; prune while dormant in winter

  • Can spread invasively by rhizomes

  • Height: 3-4 feet

  • Width: 3-4 feet, spreading

Hardy in USDA zones 4-10:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

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