Blue fescue

Festuca glauca & cvs


Blue fescue grasses are a highly popular choice in both residential gardens and commercial landscapes throughout the Inland Empire. These are small clumping perennial grasses with blue-green foliage that grow in a spherical shape from 12-15 in. high. Many popular cultivars are now available from nurseries and garden centers; all are neat and uniform plants with attractive wheat colored inflorescences that occur in spring through summer.

Blue fescue is perhaps the most popular clumping grass for ornamental gardens in California. It is well adapted to sunny exposures and many types of soil, requires little care and performs best with moderate amounts of moisture throughout the summer. One cultivar, F. g. ‘Elija Blue’ has a silvery cast to the blue-green foliage and has proven to be reliable and long-lived. Its soft texture and mounding shape makes it highly attractive around pools, in rock gardens and along borders.

Plant Type: Grass
Foliage Character: Semi-deciduous
Habit: Symmetrical, Compact, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Cream
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 12 in. – 15 in.
Width: 12 in. – 15 in.