Festuca ovina* (Sheep fescue)

Cool season, long-lived perennial bunchgrass similar to F. longifolia but is more drought tolerant, has a more extensive root system and is native to many parts of North America. Very attractive grass with deep blue-green color. Often used in wildflower plantings and sometimes as a drought tolerant turfgrass.

area of adaptation

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, long-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12-30 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation: 

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: None

pH Range: 5.5-7.5


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 530,300

Seeding Rate: 2-4 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES

Covar - An aggressive competitor that forms attractive drought-tolerant, erosion control cover. Slow to establish but very persistent once it becomes rooted. Survives with as little as 10 inches of annual precipitation. Used in reclamation mixtures or for dryland turf. (Released 1977, source of ecotype: Konya, Turkey)

Various turfgrass types are also available, including:

 

If you are looking for turfgrass varieties other than what you see listed here, please contact us.


ADDITIONAL LINKS

USDA PLANTS Profile

USDA PLANTS Plant Guide

Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria