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Festuca ovina glauca - Blue Fescue
Festuca ovina glauca - Blue Fescue

Poaceae Festuca Ovina Var. Glauca Elijah Blue

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Grows InZone 4A · -30° to -25° F through Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Drought, Insect, Disease
BloomsSummer Blooms, Fall Foliage, Spring Foliage, Summer Foliage
Foliage ColorYellow, Blue
AttractsVisual Attention
Additional Information About Festuca ovina glauca - Blue Fescue

Festuca Ovina Var. Glauca 'Elijah Blue' is a moderate growing ornamental grass that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4A through 8B. It prefers growing in a location that provides full sun and grows best when planted in sand soil that is well drained. The foliage is yellow and blue in color. It attracts visual attention and is resistant to deer, drought, insects and diseases.

Blue Fescue can be useful in the landscape in mass plantings, in containers or planters, as a border or edger, around decks, swimming pools, and other outdoor living areas, as an accent, as a groundcover, in landscape beds or islands, to accentuate entryways or in small groupings and also in rock or xeriscape gardens, cottage gardens or perennial gardens.

More About Blue Fescue Grass...

Blue Fescue is a pretty little ornamental grass that forms blue-gray cushions in mixed borders or in rock gardens, but it really shines in groups. When other grasses have turned straw-brown in winter, blue fescue remains steely blue. It grows in a neat cushion-like clump to a foot tall or so with an equal spread. The fine, hair-like leaves are coated with a grayish, powdery bloom that is easily rubbed off. This condition is called "glaucus", and is responsible for the beautiful blue-gray sheen, and for the Latin name. In summer, flowering stems stand above the tuft of threadlike foliage and carry little flattened spikelets (flowers) that nod in the breeze. Blue Fescue is a clump-forming grass and does not spread by runners as do turf-forming grasses.

Blue Fescue is easy to grow and maintain. It will tolerate some shade but full sun will provide a deeper foliage color. That being said, in areas that have hotter summers some afternoon shade will be appreciated. Blue Fescue is drought tolerant, and grows best in poor, sandy, well drained soils. It cannot tolerate heavy, wet soils.

Blue Fescue usually is grown as a border or edging plant. Its fine texture and neat, compact shape make it well suited to line a path or mark the front of a perennial border. Use groups of blue fescue in the flower bed, and let the silvery blue-gray foliage intensify white and pastel colors, and cool down the reds and oranges. Planted close together in masses, clump-forming blue fescue makes a striking ground cover. It is tolerant of salty soil and coastal conditions so is a good choice for seaside gardens.  Use it in rock or cactus gardens to provide textural diversity.


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