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Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Blue fescue

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'

Plant details

This is one of Roy Lancaster's favourite dwarf fescues. It is has low hummocks of vivid silvery-blue leaves and looks good all year round. The bright thread-like blue foliage is ideal for containers, especially terracotta pots, and associates well with heathers and dwarf bulbs.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Festuca

Species: glauca

Cultivar: Elijah Blue

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Reader reviews


Please Can You Give Me Information For Trimming/Pruning/Cutting Back Of"Blue Fescue"Ornamental Grasses.
Thanks For Your Time.
Ray Clarke


I have a couple of these on my roof garden which I planted in big pots at the height of TV gardening in the late 90s. I'd say it's more appropriate for a modern garden, and looks good in a less botanical context - metals, gravel and decking for example.

Have to say it's very forgiving of the less accomplished gardener (me). I generally thin it down a bit otherwise the internal bits of the clump of grass don't stay very fresh and blue.


I find that it divides easily and benefits the parent plant when it gets larger. T pull out, by hand, the centre grass when it looks brown which encourages new growth. An easy plant which does not appear to suffer in very hot or cold positions.

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