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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Festuca californica Vasey
Synonyms: Festuca hitchcockianus Alexeev
USDA Symbol: feca
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennial bunchgrass is large, relative to most fescues, with gracefully drooping, narrow, dull-green to blue-green leaves reaching up to 2 ft. in height. Flower culms may stand up to 3-4 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA , MT , OR , WA Native Distribution:
Clackamas Co., OR to s. CA, w. of the Cascades & Sierras Native Habitat:
Dry, open ground to moist stream banks; wood edges; below 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Food: Festuca
grasses harvested for seed by Native
Americans. Use Other:
Pomo Indians maintained stands of this species for thatch. Interesting Foliage:
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Groundcover for erosion control
September 23, 2008
I live in southern california. What is the best groundcover
to plant on a slope to prevent erosion?
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff