This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Canyon Prince wild ryegrass
Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’
Size: Foliage up to 3 feet; grows taller with more water.
Bloom season: Tight spikes of wheat-colored flowers, 1 to 2 feet above foliage, appear in summer.
Exposure: Best in full sun.
Pruning needs: Cut to ground once a year in late summer to freshen foliage.
Water needs: Low to very low; once established, water once to twice a month.
Snapshot: For California native plant gardeners, Canyon Prince is a must. Forming 2- to 3-foot-tall clumps of powdery blue leaves, it can be used as a background or accent plant in the low-water landscape. It especially pairs well with other California native plants. Increasing in size over time, it will need outer growth removed to keep plant compact. New shoots emerge green and turn blue over time.
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.