at Digging Dog
Originating from the Latin word for stalk or stem, the genus Festuca is comprised of approximately 300 cool season perennial species. The following native Californian selections highlight handsome, fine textured tufts, which appreciate a well drained site, annual early spring trimmings and a division every couple of years, while sulking in hot humid weather.
Indigenous to Morocco's Atlas Mountains, this long
lived cold hardy grass sprouts a gracefully arching
fountain distinguished by handsome khaki-tinged
gray-green blades. Taller than most Festucas, Atlas
has quickly earned the reputation as one of the finest
large area ground covers, proving indispensable for
mass plantings on slopes, in mixed borders or natural
style meadows. Evergreen where winters are mild and
remarkably drought tolerant, its reliable good looking
mound relishes occasional waterings and doesn't
require a trim, only a little raking.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Festuca mairei (G-0541)
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