One of the best and most colorful of all Blue Fescue varieties, Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' is a wonderful dwarf ornamental grass, mostly grown for its superb, evergreen, bright silver-blue foliage. Densely tufted, the foliage of finely-textured, blade-like needles forms a neat mound topped by upright flower plumes in summer. At first, the flowers are colored like the foliage before maturing to light tan. Stunning when massed as a ground cover, Blue Fescue adds a superb color accent to the landscape all year around.
- Aside from its foliage interest, this Blue Fescue is drought tolerant, once established, and requires low maintenance and low watering.
- Native to southern France, it thrives in full sun, in poor, moderately fertile, well-drained soils, and typically grows in a compact mound up to 8-12 in. tall and wide (20-30 cm). A cool season grass, this Blue Fescue is noted as the most tolerant of hot, humid summers.
- Deer resistant!
- A great candidate for borders, edging, in mass planting as a ground cover, rock gardens, cottage gardens, city gardens or containers.
- This plant often looks best if the flowers are sheared off.
- Short-lived, Blue Fescue tends to die out in the center after 2-4 years. Shearing your plant in late winter often contributes to extend its life and promotes a neater appearance.
- Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring