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Festuca saximontana

Festuca saximontana Rydb.

Rocky Mountain Fescue

Poaceae (Grass Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (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
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of most grasses are usually minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye. This species has a light brown short panicle.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , NB , NL , NS , PE , SK

Growing Conditions

Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

North American Native Plant Society - Etobicoke, ON

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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