Festuca mairei

Maire's Fescue, Atlas Fescue

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Grasses / Ground Covers

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Small

Mature Height & Spread: 2-3' x 2-3'

Natural Growth Habit: Clumping

Native To: Africa

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water, Low Water

Flower Color: White

Special Features: Cold Hardy / Drought Resistant / Intermountain Conditions

Container Sizes: #1

Sunset Garden Zones: 2-11, 14-24

A Bit More

A bunchgrass hailing from the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, Festuca mairei has become a popular grass in drought-tolerant meadows. Growing 2-3’ tall and wide, this large fescue has sweeping, grey-green foliage that is evergreen in milder climates. During the summer, fine inflorescences rise up above the foliage.  Plant in full sun or part shade and provide low water after establishment. Cold hardy to below 0° F, Festuca mairei need not be cut back in the winter—simply rake it from the base of the clumps to remove old growth. Use Festuca mairei as a large scale groundcover, as a (tall) lawn substitute, and for erosion control.

A Bit More

A bunchgrass hailing from the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, Festuca mairei has become a popular grass in drought-tolerant meadows. Growing 2-3’ tall and wide, this large fescue has sweeping, grey-green foliage that is evergreen in milder climates. During the summer, fine inflorescences rise up above the foliage.  Plant in full sun or part shade and provide low water after establishment. Cold hardy to below 0° F, Festuca mairei need not be cut back in the winter—simply rake it from the base of the clumps to remove old growth. Use Festuca mairei as a large scale groundcover, as a (tall) lawn substitute, and for erosion control.