Festuca glauca

Festuca glauca

Festuca glauca

Festuca glauca

Blue fescue

Position: full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Flowering period: May to June
Height: 20-40cm
Foliage: evergreen
Hardiness: fully hardy

Festuca glauca is a low-growing, ornamental grass that provides excellent ground cover. It feels quite at home in a contemporary garden. This grass originates from Southern France, so likes well-drained soil in full sun.

Varieties

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’. Striking silvery-blue green leaves that remain evergreen throughout the winter. Produces flower spikes of green flowers in summer, gradually turning to a pale, yellowish-brown colour. Grows to a height of 40cm. Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’ is similar in size with steely, blue foliage. If you are looking for a very small variety Festuca glauca ‘Azurit’ is the one to choose. It is only 15cm in height.

Festuca glauca Intense Blue
Festuca glauca in terracotta pot             Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’

Pruning

Pruning festuca glauca ( Blue fescue). Doesn’t need to be cut back in spring. Comb out the dead blades of grass with your fingers in March.

Plant spacing

Space blue fescue 20cm apart when using as ground cover.

Dividing

Festuca glauca benefits from dividing every two or three years because mature clumps tend to die away at the centre. Divide Festuca glauca in spring, just as new growth starts to emerge. Lift the clumps and cut them into smaller pieces with a sturdy knife. Replant the divided parts and water thoroughly.

Plant combination

Blue fescue goes well with well Thyme, Lavender, Stachys byzantina, Sedum, Erica.

Lavandula angustifolia
Lavender