Hair Fescue

Festuca amethystina | Also known as: Festuca scoparia | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Hair Fescue, sounds like an emergency hair care product.

The striking Festuca amethystina is an evergreen grass that sports wonderfully fine, hair-like foliage of blue-green and dark red flowers during early summer. It’s this foliage that gives it its common name of Hair Fescue, and it’s an easy plant for the beginner gardener to grow. It can cope with pretty much any weather conditions, making it ideal for our fickle British weather. However it does need a full sunlight position to best thrive. Looks fabulous in flowerbeds and borders, or in containers on a terrace or patio.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.45
Spread [m]
  • 0.25
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Blue-green
Foliage in winter
  • Blue-green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
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