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Grasses

Elijah Blue Grass

16 Mar , 2015  

3458601w1 Elijah Blue Grass

Latin Name: Festuca glauca

Description: ‘Elijah Blue’ is a short-lived, low-growing, semi-evergreen, clump-forming ornamental grass noted for its glaucous, finely-textured, silver-blue foliage. Foliage forms a dome-shaped, porcupine-like tuft of erect to arching, needle-like blades radiating upward and outward to a height of 6-8″ (flower stems typically bring total clump height to 10-14″). Light green flowers with a purple tinge appear in terminal panicles atop stems rising above the foliage in late spring to early summer, but are not very showy. Flowers give way to buffy seed heads which some gardeners find attractive but others find detractive to both the symmetry of the plant and the foliage color. ‘Elijah Blue’ is one of the best of the blue fescues. Synonymous with Festuca ovina ‘Elijah Blue’ and Festuca ovina var. glauca ‘Elijah Blue’.