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Festuca rubra 'Point Joe' - Point Joe Fescue
   
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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 information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Festuca rubra 'Point Joe'.
 
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