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How To Order: This species is sold in quantities of 3 lbs. If you order Qty: 1, you are ordering 3 lbs. Examples: 1 = 3 lbs, 25 = 75 bs.


Common Name: Tall Fescue

Scientific Name: Festuca arundinacea

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Main Uses:

~Fall and winter pasture



~Rangeland improvement

~Wildland habitat improvement

Height: 1 - 5 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soils


~Alkali, saline and acidic

~Poor drained soil


Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 16 – 18 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 12 - 20 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 227,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grasses



Tall Fescue, originating from Europe, exhibits vibrant green foliage, and upon reaching maturity, its upper shoots or branches bear multiple seeds. This grass species thrives in various soil textures, particularly in the presence of adequate moisture, with its optimal performance observed in medium to clay textures. Tall Fescue demonstrates moderate tolerance to alkaline, saline, and acidic soils, and it can withstand poor drainage, flooding, and cold conditions.


Characterized by good productivity and fair palatability, Tall Fescue is easily established and proves to be widely adaptive, enduring harsh conditions and mistreatment for extended periods. It serves as a valuable resource for fall and winter pasture, finding applications in hay production, turf, pasture management, range improvement, and as a source of wildlife food and cover. Additionally, it contributes to soil stabilization.


When planting for range and pasture, we recommend incorporating Tall Fescue into a blend with other beneficial grass species to enhance overall ecological benefits.



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Tall Fescue Seeds


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