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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Pronounced: fes-TOO-ka GLOW-ka
Sunset zones: All (Western).
USDA zones: 4-8.
Heat zones: 8-1.
Height: 12 inches (30 cm).
Width: 10 inches (25 cm).
Early to midsummer.
Spikes of violet and blue-green flowers.
Inrolled, linear and smooth blue leaves.
Evergreen, clump forming.
Slightly fertile, dry, well-drained soil.
Sow seed autumn to spring.
Divide every three years in spring.
Rainy Side Notes
Deadhead seed heads to restrain them from seeding around the garden. Festuca glauca is a well-behaved grass as long as you attend to deadheading. Otherwise, if you do not, be prepared to contend with many baby fescue seedlings. This is an annual chore, and worth it to add stunning blue foliage to the garden year round.
Photographed in author's garden.