Western Fescue

Western Fescue is found at low to mid elevations in open forests, on rocky slopes and throughout the meadows of North America. It is a tufted, short lived, perennial bunchgrass that matures at heights around three feet tall. It does not produce seeds that spread prolifically, and it is slow to establish. Western Fescue can be found most predominantly in the western states. Commonly used for wildlife habitat restoration, it is drought and shade tolerant, and requires little moisture to grow.

  • Common Name: Western Fescue
  • Latin Name: Festuca occidentalis
  • Type: Native Grass
  • Cycle: Perennial
  • Origin: Native
  • Height: 36"
  • Planting Season: Spring and Fall
  • Seeds Per Pound: 350,000
  • Seeding Rate: 8

*Planting and Bloom Season. Please remember that Planting and Bloom seasons will differ for each variety depending on the location and climate conditions where they are being planted. Please refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Map provided in our FAQ section for specifics on how to determine the best time of year to plant for your specific situation. The information provided below is based on experienced agricultural practices throughout the Willamette Valley of Oregon and is applicable to Zones 7-10 only.