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- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 4 - 7
- Height: 10 inches
- Width: 8 inches
- Foliage Color: Grey-blue
- Flower Color: Grey-blue
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Fall Color: No change
- Soil Requirement: Average to dry soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8
- Environment: Full sun
- Moisture Requirements: Average to dry
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 2 - 3 weeks
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover the seeds, but tightly press into the earth
- Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Blue Fescue
Blue Fescue (Festuca cinerea glauca Varna) - Create low-growing clumps with Blue Fescue seed. These ornamental grasses are excellent for the front of the border, and the blue-green color complements colorful ornamentals. Blue Fescue has traditionally been viewed only as a clumping ornamental grass with a few plants spaced in a landscape bed, but Blue Fescue grass also mixes well with wildflowers and does not crowd them out. A low maintenance ground cover can be created by using Blue Fescue ornamental grass seed.
The waxy leaf covering reduces transpiration so the Blue Fescue plant can survive extended droughts and the stress of a drought only deepens the color of the ornamental grass. Blue Fescue is one of the shortest ornamental grasses available, with the foliage not exceeding 12 inches in height, so mowing is only needed to remove seed heads if desired. It has good winter color and looks green during this period. Blue Fescues are very shade tolerant, often found in the dry shade of trees. Blue Fescue plant care includes cutting the plant back to 2 inches in the early spring. Trim flower heads to prevent self-sowing. This ornamental grass seems to prefer some neglect.
How To Grow Blue Fescue Ornamental Grass From Seeds: Blue Fescue seeds can be started either indoors in late winter or directly outside once frost danger has passed. For indoor sowing, use small peat pots or containers, fill with seed starting mix, and press 3 ornamental grass seeds into the soil. Lightly cover the grass seeds and keep them moist until germination. For outdoors sowing, weed and loosen the soil and add a generous amount of seed starting mix to the soil. Space the Blue Fescue grass seeds about 12 inches apart. Once seedlings are about 4 inches in height, bunch the leaves together and trim off 1/2 inch or so. Trimming encourages greater root development and a uniform look. The seedlings will appear green with the blue being added to the grass as the plant matures.