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Forming low bristling domes of showy evergreen foliage, this clumping, cool-season grass hails from Europe. It slowly forms a rounded hummock of somewhat stiff, fine-textured leaves that are usually blue- or gray-green, with some forms approaching silver. Their texture contrasts beautifully with that of coarse leaves and large stones. In midsummer this little blue fescue bears plumy clusters of fine beige to gray, purple-tinted flowers on erect stems. They create a soft and breezy look. Some gardeners remove the developing flower stems to retain the plant's uniform, symmetrical shape and to prevent self-sowing. Many selections of different size and leaf color area available.
Fescues accept full to part sun and many soil types, but most prefer average, slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Ornamental species such as this can be used in sunny borders, containers or rock gardens and look best when planted in masses. Cut back the foliage in early spring to encourage a fresh crop of colorful leaves to form.
8 - 1
5 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue, Blue Green, Gray Green, Silver
Container, Edging, Groundcover, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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