Sheep Fescue

Quick Facts:

    • Perennial
    • Hardy to Zone 4
    • Does not spread
    • Can be used for turf
    • Feeds butterflies

Sheep Fescue

Description:

Festuca ovina. 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. These in turn become available to nearby plants, which has the effect of increasing the overall soil fertility and introducing other plant species. This grass is an important food plant to a number of moths and butterflies. It flowers from May to June, and it has no rhizomes, so each plant stays where it is planted.

For new turf, broadcast 4-5 lb of seed per 1,000 square feet, or 160-200 lb per acre.

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
5g (approx. 6,000 seeds) will plant 5 square feet GR202A $5.99 In stock $0.00
25g (approx. 15,000 seeds) will plant 10 square feet GR202B $13.99 In stock $0.00
2.5kg (approx. 3,000,000 seeds) will plant 1000 square feet GR202C $79.99 In stock $0.00
6.25kg (approx. 7,500,000 seeds) will plant 2500 square feet GR202D $119.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
50lb sack (approx. 27,240,000 seeds) will plant 10,000 square feet GR202S $343.99 In stock $0.00
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Quick Facts:

    • Perennial
    • Hardy to Zone 4
    • Does not spread
    • Can be used for turf
    • Feeds butterflies

How To Grow

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.

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