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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Festuca californica Vasey
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Festuca hitchcockianus
USDA Symbol: feca
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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.
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
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September 23, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU || 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: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff