Festuca amethystina 'Superba'
- Purple Tufted Fescue
At a glance it is easy to mistake F. amethystina
' Superba' for F. glacua 'Select'.
The colour of the foliage is quite similar, but side by
side 'Superba' is a bit taller. However when looking at
these two at blooming time the difference is dramatic and
you can easily see that the flowers and stems of F. 'Superba'
are much taller and are the colour of amethyst.
There are many so fescues in the nursery trade, some with
only slight variation between them, that it would be interesting
to collect them all together in a dry landscape...sort of
like having siblings at a family reunion.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is bright blue in colour; narrow blade width; 20-30
cm (8-12") tall;
Flowers in June; 30-60 cm (12-24") in height; flowers have
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; well-drained
loamy soil; heat and drought tolerant
Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: purple-leaved plants;
Koeleria glauca, Sesleria caerulea,
Salix elaeagnos 'Angustifolia',
Season of interest: particularly in June
Suggested uses: specimen, container, sunny border
Recommended plant spacing: 40-60 cm (16-24") why
such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Native to: central Europe
Pronounciation: Festuca (fes-TOO-kah) amethystina
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