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Blue Fescue, Festuca glauca

Common Name: Blue Fescue

Type: Ornamental grass

Family: Poaceae

Zone: 4 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 1 foot

Width: 1 foot

Bloom Time: late summer

Bloom Color: tan

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Deer resistant: Yes


Blue Fescue is a short, clumping ornamental grass that looks great as a mass planting or as a border grass. This evergreen grass also has good drought tolerance once it is established. Blue Fescue grows to about 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide and often is used as a groundcover or in rock gardens and around dried creek beds as well. The unique blue color helps it stand out, no matter what the application. Take a look at our 12 Ornamental Grasses for Landscaping. This plant also made its way onto our list of Drought tolerant plants that are not cactus.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-16T15:02:39+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL