Festuca californica 'Horse Mountain Green'

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Species Name: Festuca californica 'Horse Mountain Green'
Common Name: Horse Mountain Green California fescue

Bi-colored, flat leaves--dark green on top, gray-green underneath--make this CA Fescue selection perfect near boulders, under oaks, mass planted or on slopes.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 18 in. H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Open, arching blades
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seeds: Plum-gold
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by Sally Casey from Horse Mtn.(Humboldt County, CA)
Natural Habitat: Open rocky, brushy, or wooded slopes; grasslands, chaparral, coniferous woodlands

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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.