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Festuca subverticillata

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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

Height: 8"-36"

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

Festuca subverticillata (nodding fescue)
  • Festuca subverticillata (nodding fescue)
  • Festuca subverticillata (nodding fescue)

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Description

Festuca subverticillata

Also known as:

nodding fescue

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Scientific Synonyms:

Festuca obtusa

Description

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.

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Best propagated by division. Collected seeds do not require stratification.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Fetusca fescue
Species Festuca subverticillata nodding fescue