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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Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

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

Is Ellijah blue fescue safe to plant near horse paddocks?

Neutral

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

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

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.... read more

Positive

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

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

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! :-(
:-D
~julie~
Zone 4b

Positive

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.