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Common Name: Arizona Fescue

Scientific Name: Festuca arizonica

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland

~Wildlife habitat improvement

~Revegetation of disturbed sites

Height: 1-3 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soils

Tolerances: Drought and grazing

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 12 – 14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 - 9 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 550,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2 inch deep

Category: Grass



Arizona Fescue is well-suited for growth in soils with loamy and sandy-gravelly textures. It exhibits moderate drought tolerance, making it capable of withstanding periods of reduced moisture. This grass is not only palatable but also shows a notable tolerance to grazing pressure. In terms of its characteristics and adaptation, Arizona Fescue bears a resemblance to Idaho Fescue.


In ecological terms, Arizona Fescue holds significant value as a species for both range and wildlife habitat improvement. Additionally, it plays a vital role in revegetation efforts and the stabilization of disturbed sites, making it a versatile and valuable plant for land restoration and conservation projects."



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Photo Credits: Dave Powell

Arizona Fescue


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