Festuca glauca 'ELIJAH BLUE'

Festuca glauca
Festuca glauca 'ELIJAH BLUE'
blue fescue
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.2-0.4m
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-0.3m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES silvery-blue
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME July - August
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Bamboos and grasses
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Blue fescue is an attractive perennial – grass forming low mounds of short, silvery blue, thin foliage. It grows only about 20 cm tall but in summer it is decorated with approx. 40 cm tall stems with light beige spikes of flowers. They can be removed at any time if blue foliage is key feature in your design.

Fescue is not as easy to grow as it might look. It is very picky about soil pH structure – it needs to be free draining, preferably poor and neutral or acidic rather than alkaline. Wind or hard frosts don’t matter if the ground is dry in winter. Place it in full sun and divide older clumps in early spring to avoid dying off from the centre. Under ideal conditions it is hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 28-01-2015
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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