Bearskin Fescue

Festuca gautieri | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Bearskin? Sure, if you’ve ever seen a yellow bear! Does look very strokeable though…

Festuca gautieri is commonly known as Bearskin Fescue. A low growing ornamental dwarf grass that grows in an attractive pin cushion mound with evergreen bright green foliage. The densely packed foliage sticks out from the dome; imagine a green hedgehog and you're picturing festuca gautieri. It grows to around 6 inches in height and is perfect for a rockery or a small garden. It will also grow fine in a container. It has small blue-green flowers that grow on tall stalks that protrude from the main dome of foliage. Water it well in summer and remove the dead foliage to keep your plant looking its' best. Every two or three years you can divide the clump in the springtime.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Blue or grey-blue
Foliage in summer
  • Blue or grey-blue
Foliage in Autumn
  • Blue or grey-blue
Foliage in winter
  • Blue or grey-blue
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Grasses
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years