Festuca occidentalis (Western fescue)

Cool season, short-lived perennial bunchgrass closely related to F. idahoensis. Drought tolerant, shallow rooted species that often occurs on dry to moist well-drained woodlands, rocky slopes and along stream banks. Quick and reliable to germinate with excellent erosion control potential. Good palatability; fair seed producer.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, short-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 36 in.

Annual Precipitation: 14+in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Tolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance:

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 6.0-7.5


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 336,000

Seeding Rate: 4-6 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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