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Festuca amethystina

Also called Large Blue Fescue, Rainbow Fescue


Festuca amethystina - Tufted Fescue

More About Festuca amethystina

  • Mounding habit, forming a semi-evergreen uniform tuft
  • Very narrow hair-like leaf blades are greenish-blue, sometimes iridescent
  • Airy panicles hold purple flowers
  • Flower colour changes to tan in the summer
  • Bloom Time: Late spring
  • Flower Height: 45 cm
  • Foliage Height: 30 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season

Interesting Notes:

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and continue when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.
 

 

Zone:

4

Height:

30-45 cm

Spread:

20-30 cm

Colour:

Purple
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Tufted Fescue Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in full sun and a well-drained soil. This fescue self-seeds easily, so deadhead to prevent seed from spreading. Remove any spent foliage in the spring. Clumps need to be divided every 2-3 years to maintain their appeal.


Festuca amethystina Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Ground cover
Ground cover
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Summer
Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Clumping
Mounding
Dwarf

Foliage Color

Blue

Landscape uses

Border/edging

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