Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’

Scientific name: Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’


Common names: “Blue fescue”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial grass


Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun – part shade, prefer less hot afternoon sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Poor – moderately fertile soil, prefers less clay

Moisture: Moist well drained , can take some drought


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Plant Size: H 9-12″ W 12″

Leaf and Stem shape: Small cushions of very fine, inrolled, intensely ice-blue leaves, becoming greener in winter

Flower: Narrow, bristly blue-green flower plumes that turn golden-brown from late spring to summerImage result for festuca glauca 'elijah blue'

Maintenance: High, can extend plants life with annual shearing, can be divided but will never get that nice colour back

Landscape use: Mass planting, containers, edging, courtyard, rock garden

Propagate: By division and seed (40% true)

Pests & Disease: Rust may be a problem, will rot out in winter wet

*Deer resistant, rabbits eat

Comments: “Probably one of the most overused…” Fantastic colour for the first couple years but tend to turn wretched over time, native to southern France

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