Botanical Name: Festuca ovina glauca
Common Name: Blue Fescue  
Plant photo of: Festuca ovina glauca
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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'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Grey Green, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

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


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Normans/Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This group of ornamental grasses generally grow less than a foot tall and have fine, green to blue-green, evergreen leaves that are very thin and hair-like. Flowers appear in the summer and have an airy and open appearance. Prefers full sun but will tolerate afternoon shade if not over-watered. It needs well draining soil and is drought tolerant once it's established. An evergreen, it may need tidying up in the spring; trim out dead foliage and seed heads.
Grow in full sun to a little shade, in well drained soil. not particular as to type or pH, as long as it is well drained and not wet or dampish. 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). Cut back to within 3 to 4 inches of the crown in early spring. sometimes blue fescues die out in the center; if this happens, dig it up in spring, divide it (removing the dead center), and replant.