Festuca rubra (Native red fescue)

Native type—unlike most other Red fescues commonly used in North America—primarily suited to the Pacific coastal states. Sometimes considered a Sand fescue (F. ammobia). (Exact taxonomy remains under review.) Found in dry to wet habitats in various soil types and from sea level up to 8,500 ft. elevation. Higher drought tolerance than non-native Red fescues. Appearance varies with habitat. Use for restoration or as a rugged, naturalized lawn.

 

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form:

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12+in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Tolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: High

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.0-7.5


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 454,000

Seeding Rate: 3-6 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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