Festuca californica

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Festuca californica
Festuca californica
Dragonfly larvae on Festuca californica stems. Festucas can be host plants for Dragonflies and damselflies

Species Name: Festuca californica
Common Name: California Fescue

Robust perennial bunch grass with beautiful blue-grey foliage. Nice in masses or as an accent.. Hardy and fast growing.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: Frost-tolerant
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: N/A
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North western CA, , Cascade Range, northern and central Sierra Nevada, Central Western CA, San Bernardino Mountains
Natural Habitat: Open forest, chaparral below 5,400'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.