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PlantFiles: Blue Fescue
Festuca ovina var. glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Festuca (fes-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: ovina var. glauca
Cultivar: Elijah Blue
Additional cultivar information: (aka Elijah's Blue)

Synonym:Festuca glauca

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MaddieG On Jun 12, 2011, MaddieG from Roscoe, IL wrote:

Is Ellijah blue fescue safe to plant near horse paddocks?

Neutral db2776 On Aug 6, 2009, db2776 from Austin, TX wrote:

I grew a handful of these pretty little grasses from seed this spring. Unfortunately for me I did not read the reviews posted stating that RABBITS LOVE THIS GRASS.

Needless to say the darn rabbits mowed the grass down to a bare stubble. They dug up another clump seemingly wanting to munch on the roots only.

I am trying to nurse them back to health, having sprayed them with a stinky mixture of garlic and such.

Hence, keep them in containers and out of rabbit reach. Darn rabbits!

Positive cabrlamo On Jan 31, 2009, cabrlamo from Alexandria, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

Purchased some seed last year from a local grocery chain. All I wanted was for the kids to have a plant they could tend. I loved it so much I ended up putting in alongside my steps. I have purchased more and intend to use it in several places in my flower beds. Looks fabulous in the snow and is doing well on my steep sloped hill.

Positive jonaflatooni On Dec 23, 2007, jonaflatooni from Port Orchard, WA wrote:

Elijah Blue Fescue is such a talented ornamental grass that it is already widely used in commercial and residential plantings.

Drought tolerant, freeze tolerant, keeps vibrant blue color throughout spring and summer which turns a bit darker and mottled into the fall and winter.

Propagation by division of root ball. I have found the best way to do this is dig up the entire plant and cut it into four sections, then rip off small handfuls of the grass from each quarter of the plant. As you are going remove old decaying matter as well as strands that are no longer productive. The secret to making very fresh new looking plants is to plant it a little deeper than normal. You should plant the new clumps all the way up to where the new shoots of grass are coming up. This way you dont get stuck with any tattered brown look at the base and the grass does just fine planted deeper than normal.

Look forward to trying this one from seed and continuing to add it to more areas in the garden.

Positive Opoetree On Aug 14, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We have had this plant growing in many areas in our yard as a nice contrasting touch in the landscape. It is a great plant -- very hardy -- frost and drought tolerant.

Positive Gindee77 On May 17, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Elijah Blue fescue is a great ornamental grass and I love the way it looks in the snow. It stays green even in the winter here in my zone 5 garden. I use this grass in rock gardens, as borders and for an interesting contrasting foliage in spots that need a low-growing, non-invasive focal point.

Positive julie88 On Jul 22, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I bought Elijah Blue for my borders this spring. It's a beautiful plant and I intend to add more. The only problem I have with it is ...The RABBITS LOVE it! :-(
Zone 4b

Positive tjsangel003 On Jul 22, 2004, tjsangel003 from Warren, OH wrote:

This blue ornamental grass is beautiful. It likes well drained soil (I just planted mine w/sand and rocks) and brightens up the flower bed. Looks great with purple flowering plants and others w/silver foliage ex:lavender. Compact and forms a neat mound, so they can be scattered about or planted in masses.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Castro Valley, California
Fallbrook, California
Oak View, California
San Diego, California
Vacaville, California
Weston, Colorado
Harrington, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Athens, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Mattoon, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Alexandria, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Storm Lake, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Hanson, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dover, New Hampshire
Franklin, New Hampshire
Fabius, New York
West Islip, New York
Boone, North Carolina
Candler, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Franklin, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Uniontown, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Corvallis, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Cranston, Rhode Island
Sumter, South Carolina
Swansea, South Carolina
Birchwood, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Farmington, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Temperanceville, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kirkland, Washington
Port Angeles, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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