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Festuca thurberi

Festuca thurberi Vasey

Thurber's Fescue

Poaceae (Grass Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This fescue is a stout, densely clumped grass, 2-3 ft. tall. The seed head is 4-6 in. long with few, ascending or spreading branches.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun


USA: AZ , CO , NM , SC , UT , WY
Native Distribution: WY to NM
Native Habitat: Dry slopes; rocky hills; subalpine meadows

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


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

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