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Blue fescue

Festuca glauca

Blue fescue

One of the most versatile ornamental grasses, blue fescue can be used in many different ways. Plant it at the base of leggy shrubs or tall perennials, such as lilies, to help them blend with the landscape and offset the other plant's flowers or foliage. Plant in masses as a groundcover or in rows as an edging plant. Use as an accent in a rock garden or flower border. It even looks fabulous in containers!

Blue fescue is evergreen in all but its northernmost range. The fine bluish foliage looks best when it is fresh in spring and early summer. Seed heads turn tan when mature. You may want to cut them off to keep plants tidy.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
6-10 inches tall
Plant Width:
6-10 inches wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Attracts Hummingbirds,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' forms a compact 8- to 10-inch-tall tuft of fine bluish-green leaves. Zones 4-8
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Festuca glauca 'Sea Urchin' is also sometimes listed by its official name 'Seeigel'. It forms a dense10-inch-tall mound. Zones 4-8
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Plant It With

The bluish-green foliage of dianthus closely matches that of fescue. Top it off with fragrant pink blooms and you've got a dynamite combination.

Blanket flower

Mounds of gold, orange, and maroon daisies of blanket flower team superbly with the spiky bluish mounds of blue fescue foliage.

Shrub rose

Blue fescue makes an attractive groundcover at the base of rose bushes. Its bluish-green leaves make pink or red flowers appear more intense.