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Blue Fescue
fescue grass blue fescue festuca glauca

Blue fescue looks striking when planted together in clumps or swatches.

Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
Botanical Name: Festuca glauca

Pronunication: fes-TEW-ka GLAW-ka

How low does fescue grow? Well, not as low as closely sheared turf grass. Actually, some fescues are grown as lawns, particularly the clumping red fescue, To add more confusion, turf fescues are classified as tall fescues, the seeds of which were brought to the United States from Europe in the early 19th century.

But in the world of ornamental grasses, fescues are considered low-growers and are often used as edgings, borders and ground covers. Other popular ornamental fescues include:

  • Atlas fescue: Festuca Mairei
  • Blue fescue: Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'(pictured)
  • California fescue: Festuca californica
  • Sheep fescue: Festuca ovina

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