Festuca Glauca is also known by the name Blue Fescue. It is a flowering plant that belongs to the grass family, Poaceae.
Common names include:
– blue fescue
– blue mountain grass
– grey fescue
Overview of Festuca Glauca
• It is cultivated as an evergreen or semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial.
• Festuca glauca is a clump-forming ornamental grass.
• It is noted for its glaucous and fine texture.
• It has blue-gray foliage.
• The foliage forms a dome-shaped and a porcupine-like tuft.
• They appear erect to arching.
• They are needle-like with 9-ribbed blades.
• They radiate upward and outward.
• They extend up to a length of 140-180 mm.
• The flowers are light green in color.
• The flowers have a purple tinge.
• They flower from late spring to early summer.
• The inflorescence are not very showy.
• Flowers have puffy wheat-like seed-heads.
Scientific Classification of Festuca Glauca
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Festuca
• Species : F. glauca
• Binomial name : Festuca glauca
• Dig a hole with a spade.
• It should be deep enough for the plant’s roots to fit into.
• The crown of the grass should be level with the surface of the soil.
• The hole should be twice as wide as its depth.
• Take the grass from its container.
• Loosen the roots so they will fill the hole.
• Then lower the clump into the ground.
• Fill the hole with soil.
• Press it firmly to remove pockets of air.
• Water the Festuca glauca thoroughly.
• Clump Festuca glauca plants.
• Space them about 8 to 10 inches apart.
• Clump them on the area which you want to cover.
• This will help in forming a ground cover.
• Ornamental grasses like Festuca glauca are unlikely to need fertilizer.
• Conduct a soil pH test on the designated planting location.
• Blue festuca grass prefers a soil pH range of 6.5 to 7.0.
• Add lime to acidic soil to alkaline soil.
• Even sulfur can be added.
• Spread two inches of compost on the soil.
• Work the compost to about 3 inches of soil using a tiller.
• Eradicate weeds by hand pulling.
• Dig a hole.
• The size should to 2 times the size of the root ball.
• It should be about 1/8-inch deep.
• Put the plant in the soil and cover with soil properly.
• This is to ensure that the base is minimized of air pockets.
• Fertilize in the spring and fall.
• Use a balanced granular fertilizer.
• Apply an all purpose fertilizer which has an NPK amount of 8-8-8.
• Spread the fertilizer at the base.
• Water thoroughly.
• Prune away the foliage using a bypass shears.
• Allow the plant to dry out in between watering.
• Spacing allows adequate air circulation.
• This helps in reduction of fungal diseases.
• Monitor powdery mildew and root rot.
• Eradicate any diseased areas and any infected foliage.