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Festuca rubra 'Point Joe' - Point Joe Fescue
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Wheat
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Festuca rubra 'Point Joe' (Point Joe Fescue) - A small native California bunch grass to 6 inches tall clumping to 2 feet wide with very attractive narrow chalky-blue leaf blades. In spring into summer appear the 18 inch tall stalks bearing wheat-colored flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade in most any soil and irrigate regularly to occasionally - can take some periods without water but looks best if irrigated. Hardy to 0 F. This plant can be used for a moderate to low water requiring lawn in coastal landscapes where there is not much cross traffic. For a more manicured look it is recommended that it be mowed to 4" tall. We purchased this plant from Native Sons Nursery as Festuca rubra 'Point Joe' to add a native California complement to our other European clumping fescues (Festuca glauca cvs). Festuca rubra is a plant that grows naturally along the California coast and the actual location of Point Joe, in Monterey County along the Seventeen Mile Drive, fits well within its range but we have also seen this cultivar listed as Festuca brachyphylla which is a subalpine plant from the interior Mountain ranges of California. Would love to get the straight scoop on this.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Festuca rubra 'Point Joe'
 
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