Background


bf1.jpgBlue Fescue is an ornamental cool season evergreen grass. It originated in southern France, where it can be found growing around rocks and pastures. It can also be referred to as Elijah Blue. Elijah Blue is one of the better-known Fescue grasses. Lois Woodhill of the Plantage Nursery inLong Island, New York discovered Elijah Blue. It has a bloom time around the early summer months of June and July. It thrives when it is exposed to full sun and has very low maintenance but has a very short life span. Its blue shade will be most dominant in clusters and prettiest when in full sun with moist soils that can drain well. This plant can be used in a wide variety of garden styles but is primarily used in rockery landscapes, along edges or in groupings. It foliage produces the blue tint which it is best known for. If the grass starts to turn brown it is best to cut it back during the spring for the healthiest growth to emerge. This grass can be planted using either seed or dividing the plant into two. The stems are straight and about fifteen centimeters tall, producing heads that hang to one side. The width of it grows to about 15-25 centimeters.

Advantages


One advantage of Blue Fescue is that it is very low maintenance. This grass can be planted in a variety of ways. It can be grouped with other grasses or shrubs in a garden or it can be planted by itself. It needs to be cut back and divided once a year and that pretty much all you have to do maintenance wise. If the soil is not in the ideal conditions, you can a
dd somefertilizer, whichwill help with its growth. Another plus about Blue Fescue is that it is drought tolerant. It also does not require frequent watering which helps with the water bill and back pains.
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Disadvantages


One possible disadvantage
of planting Blue Fescue grass is that it does not have a long life span. If you are starting to plan and plant for a new garden, this might not be your best choice. It does go well with a mixture of other grasses and shrubs but it might be easier to plant something else that will live longer. Blue Fescue is best when it has full sun and it does not do well in hot summers.


Ideal Conditions


The ideal conditions that Blue Fescue would prefer are access to full sun with well-drained soil, although it can be planted in some shade. The more sun it gets the better the chance of the plant reaching its famous blue color. The best soil to be planted in has a pH range from 6.1 to 7.8.





Interesting Factsbf2.jpg

  • The pollen of Blue Fescue contributes to hay fever
  • It is deer resistant
  • Also called Sheep Fescue

Sources


http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c760

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07232.html

http://plantfacts.osu.edu/pdf/0246-445.pdf

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/9290340/list/Great-Design-Plant--Blue-Fescue

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/blue-fescue-grass/blue-fescue-ornamental-grass.htm

http://myfolia.com/plants/2178-blue-fescue-festuca-ovina-glauca/varieties/18286-elijahs-blue/frequently_asked_questions

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3322558/How-to-grow-Blue-fescue.html