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Elijah Blue Blue Fescue Festuca ovina glauca

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 10
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 8 - 12 Inches
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Elijah Blue Blue Fescue Festuca ovina glauca
Part Sun to Sun 8 - 12

Features

Small, silvery blue mounds of foliage with airy blooms of spring

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Perennial
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
8 - 12 Inches
Spacing: 
10 - 12 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Blue
Foliage Shade: 
Blue
Habit: 
Clump Forming
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardy Temperature: 
-35°F
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Perfect for containers, borders and rock gardens

Maintenance Notes: 

Festuca is a neutral grass. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.

Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.
Plants should be divided every 2 to 3 years.

  • zone 4 - MN Have grown this ornamental grass in two yards with mixed results. It's definitely NOT a maintenance-free ornamental grass. Although you'll usually see it stated that it likes full sun, I've found at both locations that it prefers afternoon shade and will not look nice if in the hot summer sun all day....it tends to turn brown. It will live in drought conditions but does better, looks better, if it's watered during long, dry spells. Don't overdo, though, as its root ball can rot if it sits in soggy conditions. It will need dividing every few years. I stretch it out to about 4 to 5 years between dividing. It can also look ratty for quite awhile in the beginning of the growing season from previous year's dead foliage. I've trimmed it back in fall and spring, but the very bottom of the plant still shows last year's dead grass. About the only way I've found to get rid of it is to "rake" it with your fingers and get out as much of the dead grass as possible. That can be tedious but I've not discovered another way to do it without sacrificing the new year's growth. Unless planted in a small area, masses of at least 3 plants gives the most visual interest. One plant on its own can easily disappear due to its smaller size and subtle color. If you like ornamental grasses, which I do, want a shorter variety and something in the blue, blue-gray color family, this one is worth a try. IN THE RIGHT PLACE and with some annual maintenance, it should perform well. If it doesn't, it tolerates transplanting pretty well, best done when its cool, either early spring or in September in my zone 4. Any later in the fall, the roots may not have time to reestablish and you risk losing it to winter kill. If planting or transplanting in the fall, water well before freeze up and MULCH well (I use wood chips). If planting or transplanting in the spring, keep it watered throughout its first growing season and, if possible, try to offer some protection from hot afternoon sun until it's established.

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    katrenco
    Minnesota
    United States
    1 min ago
  • This little plant grows at the corner of my driveway. I wish the colour was a little more vivid.

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Jan Fortier
    Alberta
    Canada
    5 years ago
  • Great grass !!! Put in ur flower beds for year-round interest. Can be placed in a shaded area as well. Likes morning sun !!!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Anecia Price
    South Dakota
    United States
    5 years ago
  • I have had 2 of these grasses since 2007 & I have never seen them "flower". Both plants are planted in different locations however both look ratty & are not very impressive. I will be replacing them as soon as I find something more attractive.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Linda
    Illinois
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Russell Studebaker
    New York
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2005 Best Grasses at the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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