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Bearskin Fescue

Festuca scoparia 'Pic Carlit'

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Bearskin Fescue (Festuca scoparia 'Pic Carlit') at Salisbury Greenhouse and Landscaping

Bearskin Fescue

Bearskin Fescue

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Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spread:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Festuca gautieri scoparia

Description:

This grass is valued for its extremely low mounding finely textured clumps of vivid bright green foliage; small flower spikes are not showy; excellent for small area planting in a rock garden

Ornamental Features

Bearskin Fescue's attractive grassy leaves remain light green in colour throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bearskin Fescue is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bearskin Fescue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bearskin Fescue will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bearskin Fescue is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features