Festuca cinerea 'Fruehlingsblau' - Spring Blue Fescue

There are many heights and shades of blue amongth the fescues, so try putting 5 or 6 different kinds in groups for a variety of soft blue shades. F. Fruehlingsblau will be easy to pick out becaue of its light blue colour. For even more interest, add a yucca or two with a Erigeron (fleabane) weaving throughout.

Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is light blue in colour; narrow blade width; 20-25 cm (8-10") tall
Flowers in June; 30-35 cm (12-14") in height

Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; sharp well-drained soil; heat and drought tolerant

Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: rock garden plants, purple-leaved plants, Carex flagellifera, Elymus cinerea, Galanthus elwesii, Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow', Erigeron, Yucca

Season of interest: year-round in mild climates

Suggested uses: specimen, container, rock garden, sunny border, drifts

Recommended plant spacing: 20-40 cm (8-16") why such a difference?

Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once every month); further info

Pronounciation: Festuca (fes-TOO-kah) cinerea (sin-er-EE-ah)


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Festuca cinerea 'Fruehlingsblau' - Spring Blue Fescue
Festuca cinerea 'Fruehlingsblau' - Spring Blue Fescue