A Dutch heirloom grown in the area of Utrecht, Netherlands in the early 1900s with superior blue color and long black awns (bristles). Beautiful seed heads gracefully bow when they are ready for harvest. Its durability, long stems, and beautiful color are a weaver's dream. So many uses from flower arrangements, to baskets, and all kinds of crafts. It is edible, but difficult to thresh.
• Botanical Name: Triticum sp.
• Family: Poaceae
• Native: Origin unknown due to being in cultivation so long
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 3'–5' tall, and 4"–6" wide
• Variety Information: 3", steel blue seed heads with long black awns at maturity
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Blooms summer to frost
• Attributes: Cut Flower
• When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 5–12 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: 1–2 seeds every 2"
• Thinning: Not necessary
• Harvesting: When seed heads are steel blue, hard, and bowing, harvest by cutting stems at ground level. Hang bunches upside-down in a dry area, out of direct sun for a few days or until ready to use.