Elijah Blue Fescue Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' #1

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Outstanding, icy blue coloration to this clumping ornamental grass holds up even through the heat of summer. Buff-colored plumes create eye-catching contrast. Perfectly suited for edging borders or mass planting as a groundcover. Drought tolerant when established. Semi-evergreen.

Thrives in average to very lean, loose, well-drained soils; does not tolerate soggy, poorly-drained soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.


Average Size at Maturity Fast growing, dense foliage mound; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall and wide.
Bloom Time Late Summer
Design Ideas Blue Fescue is the best small ornamental grass. Its silver-blue coloring and fine texture is appreciated in both Asian gardens and the drought-resistant landscape. Most often planted near rock gardens, around landscape boulders and in dry streambeds. Does equally well as a formal edging plant or in a mass for groundcover effect.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Semi-evergreen
Flower Color Brown
Foliage Color Silver-blue
Garden Style Asian/Zen, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Fast
Landscape Use Border, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Accent, Edging, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light Needs Full sun
Soil Needs All-Purpose Plant Food
Special Feature Clump Forming, Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water Needs Low
Watering Needs Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion Plants Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Bluebeard (Caryopteris); Salvia (Salvia); Yucca (Yucca); Sedum (Sedum); Echeveria (Echeveria); Daylily (Hemerocallis)