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 CharacteristicsGreat colored foliage on compact tufts.
CareGrow in full sun and poor to moderately fertile soil. Divide every few years to maintain vigor and color.
PropagationSow seed in a cold frame from fall to spring; divide plants in spring.
ProblemsErgot, powdery mildew, rust, smut, brown patch, Helminthosporium leaf spot, net blotch, pink snow mold, anthracnose, eye spot, summer blight.