Festuca trachyphylla* (Hard fescue)

Formerly known as Festuca longifolia. Densely tufted, cool season, long-lived perennial bunch grass with a massive, fibrous, shallow root system. Adapted to a wide range of soil conditions except for standing wet or strongly alkaline sites. Establishment is slow but persistent with mature stands being very competitive. Good palatability to livestock and excellent for wildlife. Also used for controlling erosion and as a turfgrass.

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Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Low


Wetland Indicator Status: UPL

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:


Coarse Texture: No

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance:

CaCO3 Tolerance:

pH Range:


Seeds per Pound: 565,000

Seeding Rate: 5-7 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring

Days to Germination:


Various turfgrass types are also available, including:


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