Festuca trachyphylla

Festuca trachyphylla

Hard fescue

Formerly known as Festuca longifolia. Densely tufted, cool season, long-lived perennial bunchgrass 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.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

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

Soil Texture

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

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Not Adapted
Seeding Rate: 
- 6 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
22.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
565,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Fall
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes