J’adore This Plant


I bought a Leymus arenarius (Blue Dune Grass) last year thinking it was a Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass); I swear they look the same in the pot. The next visit I made to my local connection, I mean nursery, my dealer asked how I was enjoying my li’l blue grass. I said it was just kind of languishing. She said hers was so rowdy it was about to bust up some pavement. I drove home as fast as I could and moved that puppy to a sunnier spot.

Now it’s running amok and I love it. It’s way more aggressive than Helictotrichon. But I can just dig it up, piss it off and stick it someplace else in less time than it takes for someone to whine about it being aggressive, so there!

Has mistaken identity ever led you in a better direction than you intended? Let me know in the forum!

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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