Sheep Fescue is a perennial grass that forms dense tufts of greyish green, bristle-like leaves. It thrives in well drained, poor soil because it forms a symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi, through which it gathers moisture, minerals, and nutrients. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow sheep fescue from seed.

Latin
Festuca ovina
Family: Poaceae

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Hardiness: Sheep Fescue is hardy to Zone 4

Timing
Direct sow outdoors in early to mid-spring. Expect germination in 21 days.

Starting
Sow on the surface, and keep soil just moist.

Growing
Rather dry, infertile soil results in tidier plants, although fescues are highly adaptive, provided good drainage. Sheep Fescue will thrive in full sun to partial shade, but water regularly for best results. Divide clumps every 2-3 years in spring.