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FESTUCA amethystina

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John Rickard

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

FESTUCA amethystina

Plant Common Name

Amethystina Fescue

General Description

Tufted fescue is a perennial, ornamental grass with intense blue-green color. It is short, clumping and native to central and eastern Europe including the Alps. Leaves are very fine in texture, linear to thread shaped and furrowed at the base. The flowers are produced on flexible, zigzag branched spikelets and are purplish in color. The flower spikes are held well above the foliage and produced in summer.

Tufted fescue is a cool-season grass and can be short-lived. It prefers full sun to part sun locations with moist, well-drained soil, but has moderate drought tolerance. Central die out can occur every few years; prune slightly every year to encourage new growth and divide as needed. The lovely foliage of tufted fescue makes it a good choice for edging, groundcover and rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)

  • Width

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm (10)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Violet, Tan

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes