Festuca glauca Elijah Blue (Blue Fescue)
This wonderful and compact evergreen grass has striking silvery blue foliage forming a dense low clump from which the compact green-blue flower spikes emerge during June and July. As the flowers mature and age they change to a lovely straw colour giving interest and contrast with the foliage long after they are spent.
This is a versatile small grass that will go well with many other flowers and grasses at the front of beds and borders. They contrast well with blues and purples and being one of the few ‘good blue’ coloured grasses – they lend themselves well to more contemporary styles of gardening too. This is a great plant for rockeries and gravel gardens.
Very easy to grow, Festuca glauca Elijah Blue will thrive in any well drained soil. Full sun gives the best foliage colour, while they grow perfectly well in partial shade, much of the blue colour is lost and the plants tend to be more dull and green.
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Festuca Elijah Blue is an evergreen grass, they need very little maintenane other than a ‘comb’ through the old foliage removing dead leaves in late winter before growth begins again in Spring.
How to grow Festuca glauca Elijah Blue
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Evergreen grass, foliage stays all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil, poorly drained and damp soil
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 30cm x 30cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Tidy up plants in late winter by removing old and dead growth before the new foliage emerges in Spring.