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Festuca trachyphylla

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Festuca (fes-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: trachyphylla (trak-ee-FIL-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Festuca ovina
Synonym:Festuca brevipila
Synonym:Festuca duriuscula
Synonym:Festuca longifolia
Synonym:Festuca cinerea

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kelli On May 25, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Such a cute, neat, and noninvasive grass.

Positive pakang On Feb 17, 2004, pakang from Joliet, IL wrote:

This plant is very easy to grow; drought tolerant, tolerant of poor soil. Unusual gray-blue color contrasts well with other plants. Great border plant.

Positive Southmede On Jul 3, 2002, Southmede from Warkworth, Northumberland
United Kingdom wrote:

Looks terrific at all times and especially with the seed stalks


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California
Canoga Park, California
Fallbrook, California
Murrieta, California
Winsted, Connecticut
Joliet, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Algonac, Michigan
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Manchester, New Hampshire
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Rye, New Hampshire
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
League City, Texas

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