Atlas Fescue (Festuca mairei)

Atlas Fescue

With soft texture and flowing fountains of green foliage, the Atlas Fescue (Festuca mairei) is a xeric and beautiful garden addition for a smaller ornamental garden grass! Forming an explosion of soft fronds showering from the rosette base up and out, these rounded mounds add so much whimsy to the garden!

Shooting up lovely little flowers in June, these tan blooms wave above the fountain of fine-textured foliage. In warmer zones, this foliage can remain evergreen! The steady green year-round provides great texture! Even in cooler zones where these turn a lovely tan, looking magical when covered in frost and light snow.

Atlas Fescue is a hardy perennial cool-season grass that can reach a tidy mound of 2-3 feet in mature height and mature width. With a medium growth rate, you’ll not have to wait long to see these green tufts of grassy foliage adorn your garden beds and borders.

Planting and Application:

Atlas looks lovely as a low hedge, border and edging plant, thriving in xeric locations and rock gardens, or even that hell-strip along roads, sidewalks and paths. Use along the front of a garden bed to ease the transition between lawn and garden, or in drifts to fill large areas with graceful ornamental texture.

Ideal as mass plantings to fill large areas both in home gardens and commercial locations. Fescue is fantastic erosion control on steep embankments and dangerous-to-mow hillsides. Create lovely groupings throughout garden beds and among perennials in cottage gardens, front landscaping and even in porch pots and patio planters.

  • Fountains of Grassy Fine Textured Foliage
  • Rounded Mounds
  • Tan Blooms in Summer
  • Beds & Borders, En Masse, Edges
  • Pots & Planters, Gardens & Erosion Control

Tips for Care:

Thriving USDA hardiness zones 5-9, Fescue is a low moisture use grass once it is established and is fantastic in both full sun and partial shade. Loving well-drained soil of about any type, and provide a moderately fertile location. Clean the mound and prune back dead fronds in the early spring, before new growth appears.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture to Establish
  • Low Moisture Needs After Establishment
  • Prune Cool-Season Grasses in Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant

Atlas Fescue is just what you need for a small fountain-like ornamental grass that lends gardens a tough, hardy & xeric addition!

Atlas Fescue (Festuca mairei) Details

Common name Atlas Fescue
Botanical name Festuca mairei
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Tan