Blue fescue is a cute little grass.
A summary of blue fescue facts
Name – Festuca glauca
Family – Poaceae
Type – perennial, grass
Height – 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – June to July
Easy to care for, it doesn’t require any pruning and it gives us a beautiful hue for an ornamental flower bed.
Planting blue fescue
Avoid periods of freezing to plant, and water regularly during the first weeks after planting, to ensure proper root growth.
You’ll notice that those planted in full sun tend to have stronger blue and silvery hues. They also bloom more. In part shade, leaves are green and blooming is sparse.
As for hardiness, blue fescue can tolerate extreme colds: USDA zone 4 and UK zone H7+. This means it survives the cold down to -30° F (-35° Celsius).
Caring for blue fescue
It will grow back after a drought, though it may have to replace all its leaves.
Adaptive to soil types with a great diversity of compositions, blue fescue is hardy and fears practically no disease at all.
Pruning it isn’t required, because blue fescue quickly reaches its mature size, and simply keeping it in its natural shape is how it looks nicest.
Propagating blue fescue
To multiply your clump of blue fescue, simply run a sharp spade along the middle of the clump and pull one half out. This is called crown division.
- Fall or spring are the best seasons to multiply your blue fescue.
Blue fescue clumps have an average lifespan of about four years. You can propagate them after that to keep the center lush and green, since older clumps tend to grow sparse in there.
If you aim to cover a field or area, simply let your blue fescue go to seed and it would spread from seed.
- They will sprout in spring.
All there is to know about blue fescue
Growing it is very easy and it requires practically no care.
Today, it is one of the favorite grasses for garden decoration and appeals to many with its rarely seen blue tones.
Blue fescue varieties
These varieties in particular stand out:
- ‘Sea Urchin’: very dense growth, pale blue-green color
- ‘Elijah blue’: more wispy appearance, dark turquoise-green color
- ‘Cool as Ice’: silvery color, grows taller than others (1½ feet or 45 cm)
- ‘Behond Blue’: more heat-resistant, better for warmer regions
Smart tip about blue fescue
Pairing such grasses with mineral mulch is an instant success.