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Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' (common blue fescue)

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

common blue fescue

Native to Europe
Needs good drainage
Cool Season Grower
Great with low Sedums
Potential Green Roof plant

Clumping deep sea blue foliage. The most heat tolerant or 'summer hardy' fescue by leaps and bounds. Named by the late Lois Woodhall of the Plantage. Neat evergreen mounds with wheat inflorescences. Stunning!


Height

10-12 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

common blue fescue Interesting Notes

Native to Europe; from the Latin festuca for stalk or stem; related to arid fescue cultivars of elatior and lawn fescues of rubra.

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' Growing and Maintenance Tips

F. glauca prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of drought, salt, heat and humidity. Is prone to center rot if grown in soils that remain wet during the winter. Spreads via rhizomes. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring to maintain neat appearance.


Use in perennial borders, mass plantings, containers and edgings as well as in rock gardens or troughs. Beautiful with Sedum 'Bertram Anderson', 'Vera Jamison' or 'Angelina'.

Good Substitutions

common blue fescue Festuca glauca Beyond Blue™ 'Casca11'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Propagation Type
Vegetative