Festuca roemeri (Roemer’s fescue)

Native cool season, long-lived perennial bunchgrass with fine-textured, dense basal foliage. Occurs on moderately dry to moist prairies, savannas, meadows, and grassy forest openings. Adapted to full sun and partial shade near trees on moderately well to well-drained, medium to fine-textured soils that are moderately acidic to slightly basic. Excellent for habitat improvement and restoration of native prairie ecosystems within its native range. Slow to establish. Can be confused with non-native F. rubra.

native distribution

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, long-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 14-45 in.

Annual Precipitation:  in.

Drought Tolerance: Somewhat

Shade Tolerance: Somewhat

Elevation: up to 6,000

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: None

Fire Tolerance: Low

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range:


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 500,000

Seeding Rate: 4-20 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Spring

Days to Germination: 14 days


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

None