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Festuca ovina

var. duriuscula

Hard Fescue, Sheep Fescue

In Stock: 2.75 lb (Total:2.75lb)
  • Festuca ovina duriuscula

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2.75 lb

Details

Germination:
91%
Germination test:
Cut (Full Seed)
Purity:
99%
Seeds per lb:
473,115
Quantity:
2.75 lb
Collected in:
Washington
Crop year:
2023
Min. hardiness zone:
5
Item ID:
1834014

Growing Info

Scarification
Scarification: none required
Stratification
Stratification: none required
Germination
Germination: Broadcast, drill or hydroseed. Surface sow and keep moist, mulch the seed bed

Other: Seeding rate 30 lbs to the acre alone 

Looking for a drought-resistant plant that can handle constant cutting and grows well in shallow chalky soil? Look no further than Festuca ovina var. duriuscula, also known as Hard Fescue or Sheep Fescue. This densely tufted perennial grass is wind-pollinated and flowers from May until June. It's not just a robust plant, but an important food source for caterpillars of several butterflies and moths, such as the Gatekeeper and the Meadow Brown. Sheep's fescue is commonly found on poor, well-drained mineral soil, as well as acidic bogs in Scotland's Portlethen Moss and mountain pastures throughout Europe and Asia. It's even been introduced to North America and used as a drought-tolerant lawn grass. With greyish-green, bristle-like leaves and slightly feathery one-sided panicles, Sheep Fescue is both pretty and practical.

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