Festuca roemeri (Roemer’s fescue)

Native, cool season, long-lived perennial bunchgrass. Occurs in full sun to partial shade on moderately dry to moist meadows and grassy openings in the Pacific Coastal states. Excellent for habitat improvement and restoration within its native range. Slow to establish. May be confused with non-native Creeping red fescue (F. rubra). Varieties listed below.

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

Puget - Genetically diverse selection from seven naturally occurring populations. Moderate visible variation among plants, comprising pale blue, green or purple tinged foliage. Ideal for native habitat restoration of upland prairies, grassy meadows and oak savannas. (Released 2012)