Needle & Threadgrass

Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


A Little Bit About Us

Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

Contact Info

435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Fawn Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is an endophyte free cool-season forage and pasture grass widely used for pasture, hay, turf, and erosion control. It is adaptable to many soil and moisture types. This deep-rooted variety is tolerant of intensive grazing and animal traffic. It withstands heat and dry conditions better than other grasses. Fawn Tall Fescue is deep rooted and tolerant of intensive grazing. It is long-lived.

Tall Fescue will grow fairly well on soils low in fertility, but it is better adapted to fertile conditions. It will produce top growth when soils are as cold as 40 F, and it continues growth into late fall in the south.

Tall fescue is easy to establish due to its rapid germination and good seedling vigor. It may be planted by any common method such as grass seeders, hydroseeding, and broadcasting. The areas of tall fescue adaptation include all areas east of the Great Plains, except southern and central Florida. Other areas of adaptation include the Pacific and Intermountain Northwest and extreme southern Alaska.

Fawn Tall Fescue is tolerant to many climatic challenges such as cold, drought, and heat stress. It’s also tolerant of many soil challenges including poor drainage, and a wide range of pH levels. Rustler’s large, soft leaves and sturdy crown provide highly palatable plants that are resistant to over-grazing. This fescue often yields over 6 tons of dry matter per acre under well-managed regimens.

Tall Fescues are used in pasture, roadside, and waterway mixes. For livestock uses, an endophyte free variety should be used to avoid problems with palatability and animal health.

Other excellent varieties include 402TF and Rustler

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Tall Fescue

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227,000 seeds/lb.

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16 Inches Minimum

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Part Sun, Part Shade Tolerant

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