Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' Ornamental Grass at Lovegrass Farm
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' in August
Festuca (fess-TOO-kah) glauca (GLOK-ah) 'Elijah Blue" has proved to be one of the most durable of the common blue fescues. A semi-evergreen cool season grass that prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun. Elijah is composed of compact tufts of 8 in. or 20 cm. long powder-blue leaves topped by upright-arching flowering stems up to 16 in. or 40 cm. tall in late spring or very early summer. The stems start out blue-green and quickly fade to a light straw color. Full sun is best but they are tolerant of light shade. It makes an effective ground cover or naturalized in a rock garden. Elijah looks beautiful with low sedums such as 'Vera Jamieson' & 'Angelina'. I usually mix some in containers. They need to be divided every few years to maintain vigor and color, more often if you have rich soil.