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Grass that grows to 4ft. Seeds used to make classic “oatmeal” breakfast porridge. Nourishes and restores the body from illness, nervous conditions, lowers blood sugar because of its fiber content. Strengthens blood vessels, due to silica content, preventing insulin damage. High in soluble fiber, so it lowers cholesterol. Good for reproductive organs. Vitamins A, B complex, C, E, G, K, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, tin, and protease inhibitors. Antidepressant, nervine used for spasms, relaxing nerves, reducing inflammation, antioxidant, diuretic, endocrine glands, estrogen deficiency, strengthens bones and other tissues, stabilizes blood sugar levels, anti-viral, anti-tumor (protease inhibitors), antibacterial, lowers blood pressure, thyroid problems, drug withdrawal and hyperactivity, laxative, diuretic. Oatgrass feeds intestinal flora (probiotics). Good for skin problems. The seeds also contain a cancer fighting compound called, "b-sitosterol," a natural remedy to prevent tumor formation. Roasted oat grass seeds can be used as a coffee substitute with less caffeine. Oatmeal added to baths or made into poultices is a folk remedy for dry, itchy skin and eczema.
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One 1-gallon blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
The open spaces have been filled in with a mixture of native grasses, such as oat grass, and wildflowers, such as lupine and the California poppy.
Because the garden would grow between a two-story house and a see-forever view, she chose large plants such as cardoon, big-leaved plants like canna, and, for textural contrast, grasses such as blue oat grass.
In a curb strip are 'Royal Purple' smoke tree, 'Sapphire' blue oat grass, 'Globemaster' allium, yellow 'Golden Celebration' rose, white 'Iceberg' rose, and Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'.
Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) echoes the blue-green leaf edges of the phormium.
In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.
Low-growing Mexican feather grass and blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), along with taller, variegated Miscanthus sinensis condensatus 'Cosmopolitan' and plumcolored Phormium tenax 'Rubrum' surround the shapely trunks of mature 'Manzanillo' olive trees, found at an old grove and hoisted into position by crane.
Some commonly grown evergreen grasses are blue oat grass (Helichtotrichon sempervirens), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'), rush (Juncus, pictured above), and sedge (Carex).
The blue-gray foliage of blue oat grass pairs well with lavender and salvia.