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Idaho Fescue (Festuca idahoensis)
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Idaho Fescue

Festuca idahoensis
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Common Name: Idaho Fescue
Botanical Name: Festuca idahoensis

Idaho Fescue is an attractive, fine bladed tufted perennial bunchgrass.  Drought tolerant.  One of the most common and widely distributed grasses throughout the Western U.S. Thrives from shady forests to open grasslands.  It is an excellent range grass and useful in erosion control and is frequently a component of native seed mixtures.

Seeds per pound: 450,000
Seeding rate per pound: 1,700 sq. ft.
% Purity  /  % Germination (Typical) 90 / 75
Growing Regions: Throughout the Western U.S. below 5,000 ft. except deserts
Native To: Western U.S.  
Life Cycle: Perennial
Characteristics: Bunchgrass
Season Type: Cool Season
Exposure: Sun to light shade
Height: 12-25 inches
Establishment: Seeded stands require about 2 years to become fully established but once established are very competitive.
Water Requirements: Low
Wildlife: Forage

Cultural Information:
For non-irrigated sites plant in fall.

₁ Seeding rate is based on seeding alone.  When seeding with other species the rates should be reduced.  Contact us for recommendations.

 


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