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Blue fescue  

Festuca ovina glauca

Blue fescue is part of the Festuca (Fescue) genus. Its scientific name is Festuca ovina glauca.

Divide clumps every three years; use for weed control, edging. Year-round interest.

Blue Fescue is an ornamental grass that is often said it is short-lived. However, you can divide it every few years for rejuvenation. The stalks that emerge out of clumps of blue fescue grass in summer bear insignificant light green flowers. The seed heads that follow are enjoyed by some growers but others prefer to remove the stalks.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Light green. A type of flowering grass / ornamental, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Blue fescue is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85 inches). This plant tends to bloom in late spring. Blue fescue is a great plant to attract birds to your garden.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Blue fescue have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Blue fescue

  • Partial Sun

    OR +
  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Divide clumps approx every three years. Prefers well-drained, poor soil

Blue fescue likes a position of partial sun / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 4 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Blue fescue tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Blue fescue is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Blue fescue to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Blue fescue from seed

Thin to 10", sow after danger of frost has passed, barely cover. Alternately sow late summer 12 weeks before ground freezes.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.62 feet (50.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.39 inches (1.0 cm).

Transplanting Blue fescue

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Blue fescue is a hardy plant.

Common Blue fescue problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Blue fescue plants:

Other names for Blue fescue

Blue grass

Festuca cinerea, Festuca glauca

Blue fescue care instructions

How long does Blue fescue take to grow?

These estimates for how long Blue fescue takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


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