Elymus magellanicus (E.Desv.) Á.Löve

Blue Wheatgrass, Magellan Wheatgrass

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Elymus

Category: Grass

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 3' tall and 2' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Clumping grass. Blue-green leaves, 1/2 to 1/4" wide, sharp pointed, semi-evergreen in mild climates. Very ornamental. Blue-green flower spikes in late spring. Does not like humid summers and hot nights, some light shade helps. Needs well-drained soil. Good in containers. Deer and drought resistant.


'Blue Tango' - 12" tall and wide, cut to the ground in late winter


Published in Feddes Repert. 95:472 in 1984.

Basionym Triticum repens var. magellanicum E.Desv.

Native to the Chile, Argentina and the Falklands.


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