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Common name: Idaho Fescue
Scientific name: Festuca idahoensis
Duration: Perennial
Family: Poaceae
Habitat: Grows well on a variety of soil types, moderately drought tolerant, do not plant in low, wet places; likes full or part sun
Blooming period: Summer
Color: Green leaves, bronze seed head
Height: 1-2'
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Idaho fescue is a long lived, cool season, bunchgrass (cool season grasses grow primarily in the spring and fall and are dormant in the hot summer months). The leaves are fine and needle-like. It attracts birds and is green year round.

Use it as a clumpy groundcover or as a blue-green accent in a rock garden. Idaho fescue leaves are food for the caterpillars of skipper butterflies.


Festuca in Latin means stalk or stem, but is also translated from other languages as meaning "fescue" which means a grass with wide flat leaves cultivated in America and Europe for permanent pasture, hay, and lawns. Idaho fescue is a native grass with needle-like leaves and the broad leaved species are now in a separate genus.
idahoensis, -ensis is a Latin suffix which means "of" or "belonging to" and specifically refers to place names; hence from Idaho.
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