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,
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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