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
- Type: Fescue
- Purpose: Reclamation and Erosion
- Latin Name: Festuca idahoensis
- Height: 12" - 36"
- Cool/Warm: Cool
- Sun/Shade Tolerance: 1 - Very Sunny
- Min. Precipitation: 14" - 20"
- Seeds Per Pound: 450,000
- Native/Introduced: Native
- Annual/Perrenial: Perennial
- Planting Rate: 3 - 6#
- Growth Pattern: Bunch
- Variety Release Sheet:
- USDA Sheet: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/idpmspg04835.pdf
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