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Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
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Plant Type: Grasses

This hybrid is similar to F. 'Boulder Blue', but is distinguished by a slightly taller stature, looser habit, and less upright flower stalks. Soft powdery blue, spiky foliage that keeps its color all year round makes this grass a top pick. One of the more durable and longer-lived varieties, 'Elijah Blue' is a small, clumping grass with a rounded habit. In early summer, wheat-like seed heads are produced on tall,spiky stalks in great numbers. Preferring dryer conditions, this is the perfect grass for rock gardens, in stone troughs or pots, for coastal climates, or even for use as edging.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

The Festuca genus is at its best when given full sun and well-drained soil. Afternoon shade is recommended, however, in the warmest regions of the country. Festucas are valued for their clumping habit and are proven performers in areas with cooler climates. In mild areas they act evergreen, but in cooler areas they should be trimmed back almost to the base either before the onset of winter or in early spring. If division is required, it is best performed in the spring so the divisions have time to root in before the onset of winter.

Flower Color

Tan shades

Foliage Color

Blue

Plant Spread

8-10 in.

Good Companions

Plant Height

8-10 in

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-8

Soil Moisture

Low water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Edging, Container, Small/Miniature, Evergreen, Drought tolerant, Border, Salt tolerant

Bloom Time

Early summer, Midsummer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

Early to late winter