Blue Fescue

28 Feb

Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina), 3-10 in., evergreen, stiff upright growth habit, grey-blue foliage, full sun to light shade, best with regular summer water.

Some of these grasses are ornamental; others are used for lawns, erosion control, or pasture. All need good drainage, can withstand dry conditions and severe frosts. Clumps can be divided in fall.

Festuca glauca 

From Europe. To 1 ft. high, 10 in. wide. Dense tuft of very narrow, fine leaves; color varies from blue gray to silvery white. Summer flowers in spikes. Use as edging or ground cover. Center of clump commonly dies out after several years.

‘Boulder Blue’

Grows quickly to 8 in. high and wide, making a fine textured, dense, compact mound of metallic blue foliage. Short flower spikes appear in summer.

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’Click to Enlarge

‘Elijah Blue’

The plant forms an 8 in. high clump of intensely silver-blue leaves and is one of the tougher, longer-lived selections.

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2 Responses to “Blue Fescue”

  1. Wendy Lews March 24, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Can you tell me what the other plant is in the pic with the blue fescue? Is it a type of sedum?

    • heiditarver March 24, 2013 at 4:00 am #

      Hi Wendy. Yes, it looks like Sedum, but which variety I can’t tell you – there are so many!

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