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Festuca idahoensis Elmer
Blue bunchgrass, Bunchgrass fescue, Idaho fescue
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: FEID
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Bunchgrass fescue or Idaho fescue is a modest-sized, cool-season bunchgrass with very narrow, leaves, often of a striking blue- to gray-green color. Grows in large tufts with flowers in narrow clusters on stiff stalks, flower stalks twice the height of the leaves. The flowering culms are 12-18 in. in height and rather insignificant. This is a perennial.
In spite of its rough leaves, Idaho Fescue is still an important native forage grass.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
B.C. to Alt., s. in mts. to c. CA
& CO Native Habitat:
Rocky slopes & dry openings in woods below 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Deep, fertile to thin, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: This grass is drought tolerant and excellent for erosion control. Seedlings are only weakly competitive but once mature become strongly competitive.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed, though seeds are not highly germinable.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU || UPL || FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff