Festuca- Fescue Grass

Clump-forming perennials, sometimes used for lawns.

Situation:

We shall only discuss the ornamental grasses, which, because of their fine colouring, may be used as ground cover and among other plants, eg roses.

Soil:

Not fussy; poor soil produces the finest colouring.

Propagation:

Species from seed; garden forms by division.

Festuca amethystina: Height 30-50 cm; very narrow leaves with magnificent amethyst colouring. One of the most beautiful.

Festuca cinerea syn Festuca glauca, blue fescue: Height 10- 15 cm; very thin, bluish foliage. There are a number of garden hybrids in cultivation.

Festuca scoparia: Height 15 cm; in this species the leaves are pure green. It is strongly clump-forming in habit, making it ideal ground-cover; in addition it produces attractive flowers.

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