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FESTUCA

Image of Festuca

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

FESTUCA

Plant Common Name

Blue Fescue, Field Fescue

General Description

The genus Festuca comprises over 300 species and even more cultivated varieties. These may have annual or perennial life cycles, and spreading or bunched habits, depending on the given species. Fescues are broadly distributed across the globe, but most exist in North Temperate regions. Many species are grown as ornamental grasses for the lawn and garden, or for agricultural purposes, but many more exist as common weeds.

Fescues require full to part sun and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but most prefer average, slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Ornamental species, like the evergreen blue fescue (Festuca glauca) can be used in sunny borders, containers or rock gardens and look best when planted in masses.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes