Festuca campestris

Festuca campestris

Rough fescue

Previous scientific name(s): Festuca altaica var. major, Festuca scabrella var. major

Formerly known as Festuca scabrella. Cool season, native bunchgrass that produces thick mats of sheaths and culm bases. Occurs in prairies and open woods up to 6,500 ft. elevation. Prefers dry, deep sandy loam soils, but can establish on a wide variety of soil types. Excellent forage for cattle and horses, good forage for sheep and wildlife.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
17 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Average

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Marginal
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
- 10 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
17.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
200,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes