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Festuca hallii

Festuca hallii (Vasey) Piper

Plains Rough Fescue

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Festuca altaica ssp. hallii, Festuca altaica subvar. hallii, Festuca scabrella ssp. hallii, Melica hallii

USDA Symbol: FEHA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Gray-green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: CO , MT , ND , WA , WY
Canada: AB , MB , ON , SK

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Festuca hallii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Festuca hallii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Festuca hallii


Record Modified: 2023-06-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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