Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’

blue fescue 'Elijah Blue'

(1 customer review)


Blue Fescue is a low-growing, semi-evergreen clump-forming ornamental grass famed for its glaucous blue-grey foliage. Light green flowers tinged with purple appear in late spring, which give way to seed heads which some gardeners also find attractive.

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ is one of the most popular cultivars of the species, distinguished by its even stronger silver and sky blue foliage in spring, which persists longer into the growing season.


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Origin: Southern France
Genus: Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Species / Cultivar: glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Common Name: blue fescue 'Elijah Blue'

Plant Biography

Native to Southern France, Festuca glauca has become beloved by gardeners for its versatile uses in garden design.

Blue Fescue provides colourful foliage year round, which looks fantastic planted with plants that contrast in shape or colour.

It is frequently used to line walkways and flower borders where it provides a lot of interest as ground cover.

Some also use it planted at the base of topiary lollipops where it emphasises their sculptural form.

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Whilst some gardeners find the seed heads attractive, others find that they detract from the pleasing symmetry and colours of the plant. Fortunately if you find that to be the case they can very easily be removed.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Festuca glauca is easily grown in full sun in dry to medium, well-drained soil. It can tolerate light shade but the colour is at its best in full sun.

The clumps usually to die out in the center and need to be divided and replanted or replaced every few years. In spring, or after hot and humid summers, foliage should be cut back to about 4 inches long to facilitate new growth.

Several specimens are best planted close together (about 8-10 inches apart) as the clumps do not spread outwards very much. If not tightly planted, weeds have a tendency to grow inbetween specimens which requires more maintenance to keep tidy.

1 customer review for Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’

I ordered 4 these, they arrived within days, securely packed and in good condition. They are a good size and I can’t wait to see them flourish in my garden.

Miranda (verified owner)