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For a long time, the Schwingeln were said to be short-lived, which is why they were rarely found in gardens. But if you give them the right location, namely a dry, warm place with a well-drained, barren soil, the ornamental grass can be quite up to 15 years old. The varieties produced by breeding are usually not only more durable, but also have more beautiful colors. The species of the swing form dense clumps with arched overhanging leaves or slowly increasing pads.

Cushioning species such as the bearskin fescue (Festuca gautieri) or the species of the blue fescue (Festuca glauca) only reach heights of 15 to 40 cm, while the amethyst fescue (Festuca amethystina) reaches 60 cm and the atlas fescue (Festuca mairei ) can even be 100 cm high. The firm leaves are often striking bluish-green or bluish-gray and evergreen or wintergreen, such as the blue fescue 'Elijah Blue' (Festuca Cinerea hybrid), whose leaves show an intense steel blue. Over the leafy horns in June and July, delicate flower spikes hover on slender stalks, some of which are also bluish, but sometimes also violet or light green, and turn brownish in the course of late summer. Particularly striking flowers, for example, the blue-fescue variety 'Golden Toupee' (Festuca glauca), whose flowers are golden yellow. While many ornamental grasses peak in the summer, the species and varieties of the swing look best in spring and autumn. Reason for this: Schwingel are plants of the cooler seasons and pull in too warm and humid weather the foliage. The species of the swing are planted mainly because of the beautiful leaf color and compact growth.

Blue Swing 'Elijah Blue'

Particularly popular are varieties with strikingly colored foliage such as the blue-fescue 'Elijah Blue' (Festuca Cinerea hybrid)


Because of their location claims, fishes thrive best in plantations of the life areas rock steppe or rock garden. But you can also put them in heather gardens as well as in prairie or pebble beds with permeable ground. In architecturally designed gardens, fescue are often planted as colorful grasses for dry locations. The blue fescue is also a good groundcover and is especially beautiful when combined with other ornamental grasses or sun-loving shrubs and semi-shrubs such as lavender (Lavandula), stonecrop (Sedum) or Wollziest (Stachys), which also thrive on poor soils. Because furs multiply by self-seeding and rely on cross-pollination, you should plant only one species or variety, because only so the stock remains true to the species.


Fibers lose their typical appearance on nutrient-rich, loamy garden soils because they develop too strongly there and become unsightly due to too many dead straws and yellowed leaves in winter. Who would like to plant species and varieties of this genus in the garden, should therefore prepare the soil before planting accordingly and, for example, with sand, split or gravel pervious permeable.

Blue fescue (Festuca glauca)

The blue fescue (Festuca glauca) is one of the cushion-forming species

To cut

In spring and summer, fischel should be cut back close to the ground - thus promoting the distinctive foliage color. Never cut in the fall, because then the plants lose their natural winter protection.


Since the clumps of the faunal tend to lose weight, it is advisable to divide the plants about every three years. Like all other ornamental grasses, fescue species are ideally shared in early spring, but this is also possible right after flowering.

Further care tips

The types of the swing are very easy to maintain. They need no fertilization and do not need to be watered in case of drought.


Schwingels are easy to sow and often do this in the garden themselves. But they can also be easily shared. The varieties of the fescue can be propagated only by division sortenecht.

Diseases and pests

The plants are very resistant and are hardly affected by diseases and pests. Their hard, strawy leaves are also avoided by snails.

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