Findhorn Lyme Grass
Leymus arenarius 'Findhorn'
Findhorn Lyme Grass
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Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 32 inches
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2b
Other Names: Elymus arenarius, Lymegrass
Findhorn Lyme Grass' attractive grassy leaves are steel blue in colour. The foliage often turns tan in fall. The tan seed heads are carried on spikes from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Findhorn Lyme Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Findhorn Lyme Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Findhorn Lyme Grass will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Findhorn Lyme Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.