Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
Sheep fescue is a perennial, tufted grass used both as ornament and lawn grass. It is native to the cool, western areas of North America and introduced to Europe and Asia. The leaves are fine in texture, linear to thread shaped, blue green in color and rough to the touch. The flowers are produced on narrow, branched spikelets and are green in color. The flower spikes are held well above the foliage and produced in summer.
Sheep 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. It can be mowed for lawns, but when used as an ornamental grass, central die out can occur every few years; prune slightly every year to encourage new growth and divide as needed. The lovely foliage of sheep fescue makes it a good choice for edging, groundcover and rock gardens as well as lawns.
8 - 1
2 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
World/Pandemic, North America
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Tan
Container, Edging, Groundcover, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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