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, and they reach heights of between 15 and 200 cm.

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.

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 about 25 to 50 cm apart.

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 and dividing every couple of years in the spring to maintain vigorous growth or to create new plants.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Festuca plants. Updated September 2020.