Botanical Name: Festuca muelleri
Common Name: Mueller's Fescue  
Plant photo of: Festuca muelleri
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Grass


Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color

Green, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

This Central European native fescue has shiny, dark green foliage that is slightly bluish green. It is a cool season grass that grows up to 8 inches tall and equally wide. If massed together it can become a lawn alternative. It does reseed, so deadhead if you don't want it to spread, though it does not do so aggressively. Clump grows 6 to 12 inches, with seed plume standing up to 12 to 18 inches.
Grow in sun to part shade in well drained soil. Fescues resent wet soils so take care to not over-water; when planting, set the plant so the crown is slightly above soil grade to give it a good start (see Guides). Drought tolerant, though looks better when watered regularly (but not frequently). Because of its re-seeding ways, it is particularly well suited to parkstrips, meadow-like gardens, and alternative lawn areas. Zones 4 - 9.