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Cool as Ice Blue Fescue

Festuca x 'Cool as Ice' PP #27,651

Icy blue-grey foliage stands above others, staying bright throughout the season without browning. Blue-green flowers on slender stems age to blond for add eye-catching interest. This colorful, versatile ornamental grass is stunning when planted en masse and in garden or patio containers.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationfes-TEW-kuh
Average Size at MaturityFast growing, dense foliage mound; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and 8 to 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring through Early Summer
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Accent, Edging, Groundcover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Bluebeard (Caryopteris); Salvia (Salvia); Yucca (Yucca); Sedum (Sedum); Echeveria (Echeveria); Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Thrives in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Avoid heavy, wet clay soils. Nearly evergreen in mild climates. In cold winter areas, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge. Feed in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

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