Genus: Fescue

Festuca

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Fescue (Festuca)
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Poaceae
Festuca are notable ornamental (and cultivated pasture) grasses with densely tufted, evergreen foliage in shades ranging from chalky blue to deep green. These compact tufts are well suited for edging and naturalizing in the rock garden. Some species are native to the U.S.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Great colored foliage on compact tufts.
Care:  Grow in full sun and poor to moderately fertile soil. Divide every few years to maintain vigor and color.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame from fall to spring; divide plants in spring.

Problems: 

Ergot, powdery mildew, rust, smut, brown patch, Helminthosporium leaf spot, net blotch, pink snow mold, anthracnose, eye spot, summer blight.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Festuca

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'Cool As Ice' fescue
Festuca x 'Cool As Ice'
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Blue fescue
Festuca glauca 'Boulder Blue'
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Blue fescue
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
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Atlas fescue
Festuca mairei