Blue Hair grass has fantastic foliage and nice flowers, which are excellent in dried flower arrangements.
Short-lived ornamental grass with mounding, thread-like blue-green foliage and silvery flowerheads. This small, clump-forming perennial is native from central Europe eastward into parts of Siberia in Russia.
The numerous narrow leaf blades help form an attractive blue-green or grayish blue mound. In early and mid summer, wiry stems arise above the leaves, revealing a panicle, or collection of short stems at the stem tip, that contains the numerous and tiny green flowers. As the panicle ages, it becomes more silvery and white in appearance, finally becoming tan by the start of autumn.
It thrives in neutral-alkaline soils that are coarse or sandy in composition, in full sun to very light shade. Although a perennial grass, it endures best if planted in a nutrient poor, gritty, well-draining soil. Typically in the moister, more fertile garden soils, it will slowly diminish over a few years and require replacement.
Grow this grass in a rockery, in a sandy soil pocket in the garden border, either as a pretty accent, or clustered in groups for full color and foliage effect. The plant will freely seed itself, so the flowering stems can be removed in autumn, or allowed to linger for early winter interest.
Genus - Koeleria
Species - Glauca
Common name - Blue Hair Grass
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,30 - 0,45 m
Plant type - Ornamental grass, perennial
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Edging, massing as a ground cover, border fronts or rock gardens
Bloom season - May - July
Leaf / Flower color - Blue Green, Gray / Green, silver
Sow from February to July 2-4 mm deep in moist soil.
Seed germinated best when temperature is +14--18C. Seedlings are almost invisible when first emerging.
1 to 3-year old plants may be divided in early spring.
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