Festuca ovina - Green Fescue
Tolerant of frequent cutting and likes the heat. It does need regular
water in very hot and dry climates but needs very little water elsewhere.
One thing this very adaptable plant does not like is high humidity.
Description: cool season; clump forming; evergreen
in mild climates
Foliage is greyish to bluish green in colour; blades are narrow; 30cm
Flowers are 45cm (18") tall; in May to June
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; sandy
to medium soil; will grow in poor shallow gravelly soil; soil should
be well-drained if moist; will grow in acid to alkaline soil; dry to
Coldest zone: 4 - 10
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: other fescues for contrast;
bulbs, Coreopsis, Koeleria
Season of interest: all four seasons in mild climates
Native to: Europe and West and Central
Asia, though it is found growing in the wild in many parts
of North America.
Suggested uses: lawn, rock garden, drifts or massing
Recommended plant spacing: 30-45cm (12-18") why
such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water every
2 weeks); further info
Pronounciation: Festuca (fes-TOO-kah) ovina (oh-VINE-ah)
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