Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact, blue leaves ornamental grass, with needle-like, silvery blue-green leaves and short spikes of blue-green midsummer flowers, gradually fading to buff. Neat and rounded in shape, it looks great in a gravel garden, combined with the spires of blue and purple-flowering perennials, or with Mediterranean-style plants. To achieve the best foliage colour, these plants need lots of sun.
- Garden care: Comb through the plant with your fingers in winter to remove dead foliage. Container-grown specimens should be watered well when they are establishing. Plants need replacing every few years as they become tatty-looking.
“I've seen this versatile grass used to great effect in containers, planted as a dwarf edging in a Mediterranean garden, or just dotted through a gravelled area and it always looks terrific, excellent for contemporary gardens”
Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides
“An explosion of low-growing, fine filaments in blue-grey on this short grass for hot, hot sun - like dusty hedgehogs on the march”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer