Creeping Red Fescue

  • Scientific name: Festuca rubra
  • Adapted to gravely, calcareous soils in cool, temperate climates
  • Requires more moisture than hard or sheep fescue
  • Does best in areas with 18 inches or greater of annual precipitation, or under irrigation
  • It thrives in sun or shade
  • Wide range when used for erosion control

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.

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Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) is a perennial grass adapted to gravely, calcareous soils in cool, temperate climates. It requires more moisture than hard or sheep fescue, and prefers a pH of 5.5 to 6.5 but can survive considerable acidity. It is distributed across the US.

It can be grown as a dryland cover crop in coastal regions or other areas with average annual precipitation greater than 18 inches. Elsewhere, it will produce better yields if grown under irrigation. Creeping red fescue is climatically adapted to all of the major land resource regions that receive adequate moisture and have well-drained soils. It thrives in sun or shade.

Festuca rubra has a wide range when used for erosion control along roads and highways; cuts, fills, and other disturbed areas; and for stream and channel bank stabilization. It is very valuable as ground cover in wildlife habitat conservation, especially when grown in combination with taller species used for bird nesting sites. In general, creeping red fescue has not been very important as forage, due to low palatability and productivity. While it withstands close grazing, it tends to become unpalatable if allowed to grow.

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18 Inches Minimum

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2-4 PLS lbs. per Acre

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