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Hard Fescue

Festuca brevipila, introduced

  • Cool season perennial
  • Originated in Europe and Eurasia
  • Through seeding and hybridization, hard fescue is now found throughout North America
  • Found on dry to moderately moist disturbed sites
  • Adapted to forest margins and openings due to shade tolerance
  • Does well on low fertility soils
  • Plant remains green all season long
  • Long-lived
  • Average forage quality
  • Shade tolerant
  • Moderately tolerant to cold
  • Dark blue-green colour
  • Low maintenance species
  • Naturally salt tolerant

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitBunchgrass
Flood TolerancePoor
Drought ToleranceGood
Salt ToleranceGood
Soil PHNeutral to Acidic
Soil TypeCoarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb680,000
Canopy Mature Height10-15 cm

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