Festuca (fes-tew-kuh) Fescue, Blue Fescue. Poaceae Family. Perennial grasses mostly from Europe, but widely naturalized in the U.S. They are sturdy and valuable lawn grasses. Some are grown purely as ornamentals.In general, they form tufts of very fine, wiry leaves that are sometimes rolled, with flower spikelets in narrow panicles.
Semi-evergreen, Festuca grows in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerant of light shade, but Festuca’s best foliage color is attained in full sun. Festuca is tolerant of drought and poor soils, but is not intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soil.