Plant types and subtypes: Ground Covers, Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: neutral, average, loam, clay, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: yellow, green, brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, mounding, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Festuca subverticillataAlso known as:
Festuca subverticillata is an ornamental grass, with dark green foliage. Its form is compact, dense and well rounded. Its mature height can vary greatly, depending on environmental conditions, from a mere 8" up to 3'. It bears seeds atop thin culms that are erect at first, but begin to arch as the seeds mature. Neither the flowers nor the seeds spikelets are particularly conspicuous.
Nodding fescue is one of the few grasses that will tolerate deep shade while maintaining a sturdy and healthy appearance. It can be grown as a specimen in a shade garden, or planted en masse to create an effective woodland ground cover. Its growth rate is medium, and plants will naturalize without being aggressive. It will tolerate some sun, provided it is supplied with enough water. It prefers soil that is consistently moist, but is otherwise very adaptable and easy to grow. Zones 3-8.
Best propagated by division. Collected seeds do not require stratification.
Deer and other browsing mammals find this species only mildly palatable. Cna be used as a lawn alternative in deep shade.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
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