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Festuca

The commonly seen "blue hedgehogs" as well as some less well known clump formers. All for well drained soil in full sun.

The fescues are probably one of the most widely planted Ornamental Grasses in the UK thanks to the huge numbers sold as container plants alongside various evergreen shrubs and small conifers.  Unfortunately where the shrubs and conifers are more than likely to vastly outgrow these containers the Fesctuca will almost certainly get squashed and die!

The key to growing Festuca, as with alomost any other plant, is to look at where they come from in the wild.  The majority of fescues grow in poor soil with little nutrient and low rainfall, mostly in full sun, and mostly with little competition from surrounding other plants.

So, for most success with Festuca, plant them in conditions that closely mimic the habitat they have evolved for - poor, dry soil in full sun.  As always, of course, there are some exceptions!

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Festuca californica£4.50

Clumps of grey-green foliage to 30cm and masses of arching flower stems in late spring/early summer to 60cm. Evergreen in mild winters, well drained soil in sun.


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Festuca elegans£3.00

Upright tufts of sea-green leaves to 20cm and slender stems topped with golden flowers in early summer to 75cm. As the name suggests - elegant! Drained soil in sun.


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Festuca glauca 'Eisvogel'

Festuca glauca 'Eisvogel'£3.00

A dwarf form with pale bluish grey foliage and strawy flowers to 15cm. Well drained soil in full sun.


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Festuca glauca 'Zwergenkönig'£3.00

A very dwarf form with intense blue foliage to only 10cm. Well drained soil in full sun.


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Festuca mairei

Festuca mairei£3.00

Atlas Fescue. Foliage similar to Stipa gigantea but with thread-like flowers to 1m. Average soil in sun


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Festuca paniculata

Festuca paniculata£3.00

Clumps of upright, relatively broad leaves bright green with grey backs to 40cm. Long, arching stems bear heads of purple-brown flowers mid spring to early summer. Drained soil in sun. 60cm.


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