Blue fescue, advice on caring for it


Blue fescue is a cute little grass.

A summary of blue fescue facts

Name – Festuca glauca
Family – Poaceae
Type – perennial, grass

 – 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary

 – 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

Plant preferably in fall or spring.

Avoid periods of freezing to plant, and water regularly during the first weeks after planting, to ensure proper root growth.

Caring for blue fescue

Close-up of the center of a blue fescue grass clump.Care is very easy and blue fescue doesn’t require any care at all, except perhaps for watering during sweltering heat and in the first few weeks after planting.

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

Trimmed blue fescue bunch with mineral mulch around it made from smooth river stones.A very cute grass, blue fescue has the advantage of offering very beautiful foliage with steel blue hues, persisting in all seasons.

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.

Smart tip about blue fescue

Pairing grasses with mineral mulch is an instant success.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Clumps of blue fescue by v_blinov/adobestock
Close-up of blue fescue by John Gevers under © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Mineral mulch and blue fescue by Kristin Marie Enns-Kavanagh under © CC BY-NC 2.0