Festuca arundinacea (Tall fescue)

Cool season, densely tufted, perennial bunchgrass with a deep fibrous root system. Occurs in all soil textures on deep soils. Tolerates wet, poorly drained, saline sites. Moderately drought-tolerant. Good palatability to livestock and big game. Extremely important to use endophyte-free strains when intended as forage. Used for pasture, hay, silage, soil erosion and as a turfgrass. Varieties listed below.


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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 36-48 in.

Annual Precipitation: 11-93 in.

Drought Tolerance: 

Shade Tolerance: 


Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: High

CaCO3 Tolerance: None

pH Range: 5.5-7.0


Seeds per Pound: 227,000

Seeding Rate: 15 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Fawn - High crude protein content, high seed yield and low self-fertility. Matures early, good spring vigor and consistently produces high seed yields. (Released 1964)

Rustler - Large soft leaves are extremely palatable. High forage yields with improved resistance to common grass diseases. Tolerant of cold, drought and heat, as well as poor draining soils and a wide range of pH levels.

Various turfgrass types are also available. If you are looking for turfgrass varieties, please contact us.