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Common Name: Hard Fescue

Scientific Name: Festuca trachyphylla

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:

~Turf (alternative lawn)

~Revegetation of disturbed sites

Height: 1 - 2 1/2 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Well drained medium to fine textured

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 12 - 30 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 4 - 7 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 565,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch

Category: Grass



Hard Fescue, a grass species closely related to Sheep Fescue, shares many characteristics with its counterpart but exhibits some distinctions. It tends to be somewhat taller, coarser, and less drought-tolerant, making it a more aggressive and less palatable option.

Hard Fescue holds value in various applications. It contributes to range and wildlife habitat improvement, and its suitability for turf use. Additionally, it plays a crucial role in reclamation efforts related to mining and other soil-disturbing activities. Mature stands of Hard Fescue are characterized by their short stature and few seed heads, making them an excellent choice for low-maintenance, long-term ground cover.



NRCS Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

Hard Fescue


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