Blue Sheep Fescue, Festuca amethystina, is a fine textured ornamental, evergreen grass. Its common name is 'Tufted Fescue' and is a cool-season clumping variety. Blue Sheep fescue can be used as a ground cover, an accent, container plant, or in a trough garden. This article will give you helpful facts and information on growing and caring for Blue Sheep Fescue.
Facts on Growing Blue Sheep Fescue
Blue Sheep Fescue grows in Zones 4-9 and grows in tufts from 8-18”high by 12-18”wide. It favors well-drained soils and cool climates. In a hot, humid summer, it if often short-lived, even with excellent drainage and light shade. Blue Fescue is a type of ornamental grass that is very popular and may be just the right plant to accent a portion of your landscape.
Small flowers are held above the plants on fine, arching stems in early summer. It is a superb companion to Missouri evening primrose (Oenethera missouriensis). Blue Sheep Fescue forms a stiff architectural clump and has bluish-green foliage. This variety is generally free of pests, and will grow well with other smaller varieties of ornamental grasses.
Planting and Propagating Blue Sheep Fescue
Space the fescue about 18” apart in well-drained soil in the sun where it will also get good air circulation. It can be mulched to help conserve moisture. Cut the plants back from fall to early spring before new growth emerges. Divide and replant every 3 years, discarding any center die back. Blue Sheep fescue can be grown from seed or can be divided in spring or fall.
Related species, F. Amethystina ‘Aprilgruen’ has bright green leaves. Azure Blue Sheep Fescue, Festuca glauca, has a bluish hue. Another variety 'Superba' has silvery-blue foliage and may reach up to 1 feet. Both of these varieties are very popular and will add another plant texture to your garden.