Bearskin fescue

Festuca gautieri

Bearskin fescue - Festuca gautieri

Common Name: Bearskin fescue
Genus: Festuca
Species: gautieri

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Good for a rock garden, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, Green
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Slender leaf blades that are packed together so tightly that they form evergreen pincushion-like hummocks. They look right at home in an alpine bed where their foliage will act as a backdrop to more colourful show-offs. Alternatively as they have such a strong architectural shape they can be used on their own as feature plants in gravel gardens or pots. Once established they are tolerant of hot dry spots.

  • Garden care: Container grown grasses should be watered well in the summer months, particularly when they are establishing. Comb through the plant in winter to remove dead foliage. Divide large clumps every 2 or 3 years in spring.

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