Festuca ovina

Festuca ovina

Sheep fescue

Cool season, long-lived perennial bunchgrass similar to F. longifolia but is more droughttolerant, has a more extensive root system and is native to many parts of North America. Very attractive grass with deep blue-green color. Often used in wildflower plantings and sometimes as a drought-tolerant turfgrass.

Varieties: 
Covar

An aggressive competitor that forms attractive drought-tolerant, erosion control cover. Slow to establish but very persistent once it becomes rooted. Survives with as little as 10 inches of annual precipitation. Used in reclamation mixtures or for dryland turf. (Released 1977, source of ecotype: Konya, Turkey)

Species Attributes

Height: 
13 
- 24 
in.
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
10 
- 12 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Not Adapted
Seeding Rate: 
- 4 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
22.10 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
680,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes