Plant ID forum: what is this plant?

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Jul 4, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Hi, does anyone know what this plant is? Just wondering, how much maintenance is needed and if it will survive the winter? I live in Toronto, Canada. Thanks!

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jul 4, 2017 8:01 PM CST
Looks like Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens
Pretty much mx free Good down to Z4, think your location is 5/6
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jul 5, 2017 2:22 AM CST

I wondered if it was blue fescue (Festuca glauca). It is smaller than blue oat grass. Both blue fescue and blue oat grass survive the winters here in Eastern Ontario USDA Zone 4 and neither requires much maintenance.
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Jul 5, 2017 3:49 PM CST
It's a fescue... I went out and looked at the seed heads on mine, and they
are a match. There are many varieties that vary somewhat in color and size. I had no idea they were so hardy though.. it's kind of a staple of the drought tolerant landscape here in California.
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Jul 5, 2017 5:17 PM CST
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Name: Lin
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Jul 5, 2017 5:24 PM CST
I agree, looks like Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca) and our database shows the following for minimum temperature range:

Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
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Name: Deb
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Jul 5, 2017 6:34 PM CST
My blue fescue tends to reseed itself, and strangely enough the chickens won't touch it, so I now have a bunch of little blue balls in the chicken yard. Not a bad look.
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Jul 6, 2017 10:19 PM CST
Likely Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue', which is a common cultivar in the trade in Ontario.
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