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

Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' is a compact ornamental grass bearing needle-like, silvery blue-green leaves. In summer short spikes of blue-green flowers appear, gradually fading to yellow-brown. With a compact, rounded habit it's perfect for growing in a gravel garden, at the front of a sunny border or even in a large pot.

For best results and to develop the most intense foliage colour, grow Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' in well-drained soil in full sun. Remove dead foliage in winter.

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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