Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- 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.
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.
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Q:Please can you tell me if this plant is attractive to birds, bees or butterflies. Thank youAsked on 2/14/2014 by FloraB from Cromer, North Norfolk. UK
I have heard that birds can use this grass for nesting material, but otherwise it is not known for being particularly wildlife friendly.Answered on 2/17/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:What low-growing evergreen would you suggest?
Please help! Can you suggest a very low growing plant to cover a 1 metre long area alongside a lawn. It needs to be able to cope with fairly dry sunny conditions and be attractive all the time so nice leaves or similar.Asked on 6/30/2006 by Lesley Levy
A:We do have some plants that may be suitable for the area you have described. Below are a few of my suggestions, but you can find many more on our site using our plant search facility. Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=ajuga Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID= Calluna vulgaris Dark Star http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/heathers/calluna-vulgaris-dark-star/classid.464/ Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/mediterranean-plants/stachys-byzantina-silver-carpet/classid.3621/ Thymus pseudolanuginosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/herbs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/thymus-pseudolanuginosus-/classid.2000007112/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/?s=bergeniaAnswered on 7/3/2006 by Crocus
Q:What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden?
I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?Asked on 3/29/2005 by email@example.com
A:There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=kniphofia any of the Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=yucca+fil Stipa tenuissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1000000022&CategoryID= any of the Eryngiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=eryngium any of the Sedum spectabile http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=sedum+spect any of the Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Erigeron http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4376&CategoryID= Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Phlomis italica http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=phlomis Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4046&CategoryID= Festuca glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Festuca+glauc&x=12&y=10Answered on 3/30/2005 by Crocus
Q:Which grasses can I grow in my troughs?
Which grasses can I grow in my troughs?Asked on 1/28/2005 by Kerry Dyus
A:Some grasses do very well in pots, provided they are kept well watered. Below is a list of ones that should be suitable. Hakonechloa macra http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/grasses/hakonechloa-macra-/classid.2000004400/ Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID=310 Luzula nivea http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/grasses/luzula-nivea-/classid.2002/,Uncinia rubra http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000002974&CategoryID=310Answered on 1/31/2005 by Crocus
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