Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca)

Blue Fescue Plant Features

Blue fescue is an eye-catching, dwarf ornamental grass with power-blue foliage that grows in tidy clumps. It's a versatile grass and works well in a variety of landscape situations. Growing 12 inches tall, Blue fescue makes a fantastic edger in the front of the border especially when planted in large drifts or clumps. You can also use Blue fescue as an eye-catching container plant. Hardy from zones 4-8.

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Blue Fescue Growing Instructions

A sun lover, Blue fescue does best where it will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. The plants are sensitive to wet soil so plant it in a well-drained location, otherwise the plants may rot. Blue fescue does best in regions of the country with cool summers.

Use a light mulch to prevent weed competition around Blue fescue.  Don't allow mulch to smother the crown of the plant.

Blue fescue is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage


Complement your Blue Fescue

The blue-gray foliage of lavender will complement the feathery leaves of Blue Fescue. Plus, both have similar cultural needs.

Creeping Jenny
The chartreuse leaves of Creeping Jenny mixed with Blue fescue is a winning combination.

Blanket Flower
Mix Blanket flower and Blue fescue in the same bed and enjoy the colorful view.

Our favorite varieties

Elijah Blue Blue Fescue

Elijah Blue Blue Fescue

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Elijah Blue is a classic variety that offers silvery-blue foliage on a tidy mounding plant. It can be short-lived in hot-summer areas. Elijah Blue grows 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide. Zones 4-8

Beyond Blue Blue Fescue

Beyond Blue Blue Fescue

Festuca glauca 'Beyond Blue'

Beyond Blue blue fescue offers foliage that's more silvery than other varieties. It holds up to heat better than older varieties, as well. Beyond Blue grows 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide. Zones 4-9

Cool As Ice Blue Fescue

Cool As Ice Blue Fescue

Festuca 'Cool As Ice'

We loved how well this newer variety performed in our South Carolina Trial Garden! Showing off better heat resistance than older varieties, it keeps its silvery-blue foliage looking good all summer long. It grows 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-8