How to Grow Festuca Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Fescue

Festuca are a genus of hardy perennial ornamantel grasses.

They have blue or green leaves.

Flowering is from the end of spring until the middle of summer. this genus has a large varition in height, and can reach anything between 15 and 200 cm (6 inches to 6 1/2 feet).

A common name used for Festuca is Fescue.

Festuca arundinacea
Festuca arundinacea by Macleay Grass Man.

Festuca idahoensis
Festuca idahoensis by Matt Lavin.

Festuca Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Fescue
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 2 to 80 inches (10 to 200 cm).
Native: Worldwide.
Family: Poaceae.

Growing Region: Zones 4 to 9.
Flowers: Late spring through to the middle of summer.
Flower Details: Spikelets. Inconspicuous.
Foliage: Blue, grey. Grass.

Sow Outside: Surface. First two month of spring. Germination time: three weeks. Spacing: Small 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm); Large 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm). Plants from nurseries can be transplanted out in spring or autumn.
Requirements and care: Full sunlight for best results, or partial shade. Most soils, dry and poor for best results. Regular watering. Divide after two or three years to maintain vigour. Propagate: by dividing in the spring.
Miscellaneous: Makes a great lawn grass and is a favoured grass for bowling greens and on golf courses.

How to Grow Festuca Plants

Seeds of Festuca should be grown outdoors in their final location. Simply sow seeds on the surface in mass at a spacing of about 25 to 50 cm apart (10 to 20 inches).

They can grow in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden, and have a preference for a dry soil.

Caring for Festuca in your Garden

Festuca requires regular watering. Divide every couple of years in the spring to maintain vigorous growth, or to create new plants.

Common Questions

How many members does the Festuca genus have?

The Festuca genus consists of about 400 species, showcasing a broad range of grasses.

Do members of Festuca make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Festuca species are excellent for gardens and landscapes due to their attractive bluish-green foliage.

Which Festuca species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Festuca glauca, commonly known as Blue Fescue, is a favorite among gardeners due to its distinctive color.

Are members of the Festuca plant genus fragrant?

Generally, Festuca species are not known for their fragrance, but their visual appeal in the landscape.

What is the perfect location to grow Festuca?

Festuca prefers full sun locations with well-draining soil for best growth.

Is Festuca invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Some Festuca species, such as Tall Fescue, can be invasive in certain US regions like the Southeast.

How do I remove Festuca plants from my garden?

Removing Festuca involves digging up the plant including its root system, or using a suitable herbicide.


The Festuca genus, commonly known as Fescue, includes species of flowering plants native to temperate and cold regions worldwide. These grass-like perennials are admired for their tufted foliage, which can be green, blue, or gray, and their tall, feathery flower spikes.

Festuca plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds or division. With their compact form and attractive foliage, they make excellent ground covers, edging plants, or elements in rock gardens. Many species are also drought-tolerant and can thrive in poor soil.

I hope that you found this guide on how to grow Festuca plants in your garden. You may also enjoy my gardening guides on how to grow Quaking grass, Coix plant, and Panicum plants.