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Variegated Oat Grass*

Arrhenatherum elatum 'Variegatum'

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Variegated Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum elatum 'Variegatum') at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Variegated Oat Grass foliage

Variegated Oat Grass foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Variegated Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum elatum 'Variegatum') at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Variegated Oat Grass

Variegated Oat Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  18 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Bulbous Oat Grass


Tall upright grassy foliage of grey-green with creamy white variegation add a beautiful texture to garden beds and borders; this low maintenance selection is easy and fast to grow during the season; drought tolerant once established

Ornamental Features

Variegated Oat Grass' attractive grassy leaves remain grayish green in color with showy creamy white variegation throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Oat Grass is a dense herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Variegated Oat Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Variegated Oat Grass will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features