Botanical Name: Festuca glauca
Common Name: Blue Fescue, Blue Fescue Grass  
Plant photo of: Festuca glauca
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Grass


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Normans/Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This ground cover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue-green, evergreen leaves that are very thin and hair-like. Flowers appear in the summer but are insignificant. This dependable ground cover prefers full sun in coastal areas and afternoon shade in warm inland areas. It needs well draining soil and is drought tolerant once it's established. Leaves may burn during the summer but trim in winter to keep it looking refreshed.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.