Festuca occidentalis

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Species Name: Festuca occidentalis
Common Name: Western Fescue

Very ornamental bunch grass with slender blades and hair-like leaves. Recommended under the shade of pines, redwood, and oaks. Good for erosion control on shady slopes.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 3' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Bunchgrass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer-dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Produces seed head
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwetern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, central western CA, Peninsular Range, Modoc Plateau, To British Columbia and eastern N. America.
Natural Habitat: Open pine/oak woodland, redwood forest above Found above 7,000'

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  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.