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Festuca idahoensis - Idaho Fescue (Seed)

Festuca idahoensis - Idaho Fescue (Seed)


  • Festuca idahoensis - Idaho Fescue (Seed)

    Festuca idahoensis - Idaho Fescue (Seed)

    Tufted cool-season grass with soft blades that can range from green to blue-green. Grows well in sun or shade. Can remain evergreen with summer water. Grasses are host plants for skipper butterflies. Leaves are used as nesting material by birds.


    Plant Characteristics
    Species NameFestuca idahoensis
    Common NameIdaho Fescue
    Plant TypeGrasses/Grass-Like
    Height by Width2ft. x 2ft.
    Flower ColorNone
    Flowering MonthsJuly, August, September
    Sun ExposureInland-Shade
    Water RequirementLow
    Soil TypeSand, fast draining
    Sowing SeasonYear Round
    Sowing Difficulty Level*Easy
    Sowing Rates
    1 oz65 sq ft
    1/4 lbs260 sq ft
    1/2 lbs520 sq ft
    1 lbs1090 sq ft
    40lbs per acre

    * Sowing difficulty levels:
    • Easy: Sow in-ground or in pots with simple or no pretreatment
    • Moderate: Sow in-ground or in pots with pretreatment; may produce staggered germination
    • Difficult: Sow in pots with pretreatment and stratification; may produce staggered germination

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