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Elijah Blue Fescue

Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue'

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Elijah Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue') at Calloway's Nursery

Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue'

Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue'

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Elijah Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue') at Calloway's Nursery

Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue' foliage

Festuca ovina 'Elijah Blue' foliage

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Height:  8 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Festuca ovina var. glauca

Ornamental Features

Elijah Blue Fescue's attractive grassy leaves remain blue in color throughout the year. The tan seed heads are carried on spikes from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Elijah Blue Fescue is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Elijah Blue Fescue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Elijah Blue Fescue will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Elijah Blue Fescue is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
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