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Ornamental Grass, Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’

Elijah Blue’ silver blue leaves form densely tufted, neat mounds. First inflorescences are like the foliage but soon bleach to tan. Superb color accent for the landscape and a good container plant. This is a low-growing, semi-evergreen, ornamental grass noted for its glaucous, finely-textured, silver-blue foliage. Foliage forms a dome-shaped, porcupine-like tuft of erect to arching, needle-like blades radiating upward and outward. Light green flowers with a purple tinge appear in terminal panicles atop stems rising above the foliage in late spring to early summer, but are not very showy. Flowers give way to buffy seed heads which some gardeners find attractive but others find detractive to both the symmetry of the plant and the foliage color. ‘Elijah Blue’ is one of the best of the blue fescues.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 10-12"
Spacing 10-12"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full-Partial Sun
Foliage Silver-blue foliage
Flower Light green flowers with a purple tinge
Bloomtime Year around, remains standing through heavy snowfalls

General Information +

Botanical: Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Common: Blue Fescue 

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best foliage color is in full sun. Tolerant of drought and poor soils. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils. Foliage is semi-evergreen. The foliage may retain good color in mild winters, but clumps will show considerable browning in harsh winters. Clumps tend to die out in the center and need to be divided and replanted or replaced every 2-3 years. Cut back foliage in early spring to 3-4" to tidy clumps and to facilitate emergence of the new leaf blades. Many gardeners shear off flower stems after bloom. Clumps may decline in hot, humid summers, and should be cut back if such occurs. Mass densely (plant 8-10" apart) when planting as a ground cover since clumps do not spread outward very much and weeds may grow between clumps if spaced too far apart. Plants are short-lived and require frequent division. Plant foliage may decline considerably in hot, humid summers. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Deer Resistant.

Planting Instructions: Prefers a moist, well drained soil in a sunny position. It can tolerate light shade. Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.