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Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’
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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.

Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’ full sun  partial shade

A denizen of central Europe, this ultra fine textured grass is practically peerless among Festucas. Soft silver blue blades with rolled edges configure a well-groomed glaucous mound. Extending above evergreen clumping foliage, quantities of relaxed slender stems generate vivid heliotrope shades paired with amber-hued flower spikes for more than a month. ‘Superba’ can serve as a dynamic small-scale specimen sprinkled above a stone wall or throughout the rockery, where its stunning color always beckons.

Blooms mid-May to mid-July.

Size: 18"–2' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’ (G-0527)
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