Scientific Name: Festuca glauca
Common Name: blue fescue, blue sheep fescue
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Spreading, Stiffly upright
Form: Mounded
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Container planting, Fall interest, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Basal, Parallel venation, Glabrous, Filiform, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Spikelet, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Jun-Jul-Aug
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Tufted mounds, culms 20-40cm tall; leaves blue-green, smooth, tightly in-rolled (almost needle-like) and erect or slightly arching, evergreen, 10-20cm long x 0.6-1mm wide, most with 9 ribbed veins, sheaths closed about half their length, ligules 0.1-0.4mm long; inflorescence dense, 3-9cm long, shortly branched panicles of spikelets 6-9mm long, early to midsummer.