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Helictotrichon sempervirens
Photo by Ernst Kucklich

Helictotrichon sempervirens

In the Southwest and Rockies, swap in Helictotrichon sempervirens (shown) for Libertia peregrinans.

Helictotrichon sempervirens: Thin, blue-gray blades of this Mediterranean grass grow in clumps that reach 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Blond flower clusters form 2 feet above foliage in spring. Zones 1–12 and 14–24.   

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