Festuca arizonica - Arizona Fescue

In height and form this western native is very much like Stipa tenuissima, and they are often found growing in the same areas. Both grasses have very fine textured foliage, wich is activated by even the slightest breeze. Arizona fescue will go dormant in the summer unless watered once a week, but otherwise it is quite drought tolerant and makes a fine addition to water-wise landscapes.

Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is light green in colour; narrow blade width; 30-50 cm (12-20") tall
Flowers in June and July; 50-60 cm (20-24") in height
Form - slightly arching leaves, upright flowers

Ideal conditions: open sunny areas with occasional water; also does well in partial shade; will grow in a wide range of soil types, but resents excessive fertilizer

Suggested uses: good border plant for dry landscapes, specimen, groups, massing, drifts

Coldest zone: 3-9 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: Coreopsis, Stipa, Achantherum, Flax and taller Sedums

Plant and divide: spring, until weather heats up

Season of interest: early spring through late fall

Recommended plant spacing: 30-60 cm (12-24") why such a difference?

Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once every month) further info

Pronounciation: Festuca (fes-TOO-kah) arizonica (air-ih-ZONE-ih-cah)


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Festuca arizonica - Arizona Fescue
Festuca arizonica - Arizona Fescue

from the USDA website: States
where Festuca arizonica is native