This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall
Bloom season: Summer
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Little or none; cut to ground every three years to renew
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: This dependable ornamental grass often makes gardeners' lists of cast-iron favorites. A tailored cousin of California's native deergrass, the Mexican variety pairs perfectly with flowering perennials such as salvias. With its upright growth, this deergrass makes a great accent plant for a low-water garden. It requires very little maintenance, too. The delicate, feathery flower stalks stick around all summer and well into fall. Strappy leaves add more texture and movement to garden spaces. You can see specimens in the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
For more on Durable Delights, click on http://publicgarden.ucdavis.edu/Durable delights