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Water Wise Plants

Festuca glauca

Pronunciation
fes-TOO-ka GLAW-ka
Common Name
Blue Fescue
Plant Type
Grass
Mature Size
1 ft high and 10 in. wide
Water Requirements
Moderate: water weekly until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Blue-green
Wildlife
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Blue fescue is a small, evergreen bunch grass with narrow blue-green leaves that form a mound. The fairly insignificant flowers appear in early summer.

This grass needs occasional water and good drainage. It tends to brown out in the middle, but can be divided and replanted to renew it. In a low water garden, these grasses seem to hold their blue green color better in the shade.

In the Water Wise Garden we have removed most of these grasses. We had hoped to use blue fescue as an edging plant throughout the garden beds, however, in our opinion, only a few looked good enough to keep in the garden.

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