Idaho Fescue is a native, cool season, bunch grass adapted to areas of relatively low moisture. It is a hardy native forage for livestock and wildlife early in the season and can be grazed the full season but the pallatability decreases as it goes to seed. It is a dominant species in many ranges and is one of the most common grasses in the western United States. It can tolerant moderate grazing and still maintain a strong stand. Idaho fescue produces a dense and deep root system making it excellent for erosion control. Idaho fescue can germinate and establish relatively quickly making it useful for reclamation work. Typically germinates in 8 – 10 days when conditions are right.
Varieties: Joseph, Winchester
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- USDA Sheet: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/plantmaterials/idpmspg04835.pdf
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