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Festuca glauca
Festuca glauca

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Festuca glauca

Common Blue Fescue
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

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Some of these grasses are ornamental; others are used for lawns, erosion control, or pasture. All need good drainage, can withstand dry conditions and severe frosts. Clumps can be divided in fall.

Festuca glauca

From Europe. Grows to 1 ft. high, 10 in. wide. Dense tuft of very narrow, fine leaves; color varies from blue gray to silvery white. Summer flowers in spikes. Use as edging or a groundcover. Center of clump commonly dies out after several years.

Festuca glauca ‘Boulder Blue’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Festuca glauca ‘Boulder Blue’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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‘Boulder Blue’

Grows quickly to 8 in. high and wide, making a fine-textured, dense, compact mound of metallic blue foliage. Short flower spikes appear in summer.

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’

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‘Elijah Blue’

The plant forms an 8-in.-high clump of intensely silver-blue leaves and is one of the tougher, longer-lived selections.

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