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Festuca californica (California fescue )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Festuca californica

Other names

California fescue

Genus

Festuca Festuca

Species

F. californica - F. californica is a clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial grass with linear, blue-green leaves and, from spring into summer, slightly arching stems bearing large, open, green flower spikes turning purple then deep yellow at maturity.


Festuca californica is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Purple, Green in Spring; Purple, Green, Dark-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green, Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Rust Rust

General care

Pruning

Remove faded or dead foliage in winter or early spring.

Propagation

Divide in spring every 2 or 3 years. Sow in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Festuca californica (California fescue ) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Planted in groups, Rock, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in poor or moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial. Tolerates drought in cooler areas of its range. Best with occasional water in areas with hot, dry summers. Suitable for stablising dry, sunny slopes. Flowering time is dependent upon elevation and level of cultivation.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Festuca californica

Other names

California fescue

Genus

Festuca Festuca

Species

F. californica - F. californica is a clump-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial grass with linear, blue-green leaves and, from spring into summer, slightly arching stems bearing large, open, green flower spikes turning purple then deep yellow at maturity.

Native to

California

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Purple, Green in Spring; Purple, Green, Dark-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green, Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Rust

General care

Pruning

Remove faded or dead foliage in winter or early spring.

Propagation

Divide in spring every 2 or 3 years. Sow in a cold frame in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Festuca californica (California fescue ) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Planted in groups, Rock, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in poor or moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial. Tolerates drought in cooler areas of its range. Best with occasional water in areas with hot, dry summers. Suitable for stablising dry, sunny slopes. Flowering time is dependent upon elevation and level of cultivation.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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