Plants appropriate for Lancaster, CA - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, Ca
Question by teachermeg
March 6, 2010
Will zebra grass, rose fountain grass, daring deception daylily and blue festuca grass grow well in the Antelope Valley with our long hot summers? Are they drought tolerant once established?


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Answer from NGA
March 6, 2010

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According to the Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District, the following ornamental grasses, which are drought tolerant, will grow well in your region:

Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina. ?Glauca?) 1 ft moderate growth grass used as a border or for erosion control. Also useful ground cover for sunny or partial shaded areas and on slopes or level ground. Needs little water once established.

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens.) A 3 ft California native, a slow to moderate growth perennial grass. Full sun. Tolerates sandy and clay soils. Water once or twice a month. Works like a shrub in the landscape.

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum.) 4 ft perennial grass used in dry locations. Tolerates any soil and is drought resistant. Full sun. Produces purplish flower plumes in the summer and fall.

Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrical. ?Rubra?) 1-2 ft perennial grass that needs average amount of watering. Sun or partial shade. Prefers well drained sandy soil but tolerates other soils. Dormant in the winter. Good for borders and edging.

Needle ?Feather? Grass (Nassella tenuissima.) 2 ft moderate growth grass with low maintenance. Withstands heat and is drought tolerant. Full to partial shade. Produces silvery green flowers in the summer that turn light tan.

Varigated Grass (Miscanthus sinensis. ?Variegatus?) 5-6 ft grass that grows in any soil. Sun or shade. Moderately drought tolerant. Good as a border. Produces pink flowers in late summer.

Daylilies will grow in your region but appreciate afternoon shade in the summertime.

Good luck with your garden!

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