Arizona Fescue

(Festuca arizonica)


Arizona Fescue is a dense, tufted, perennial bunchgrass, growing to a height of 91.5 cm (36 in.). The leaves are basal, numerous, long, tough and wiry. It is a major constituent of open pine grasslands throughout the central and southern Rocky Mountain area.

Although not as palatable as many species of mountain grass, Arizona Fescue is important because of its abundance. It is grazed more readily by cattle and horses than sheep. Due to its heavy root system, it is an excellent soil binder and erosion control plant. Arizona Fescue is useful for re-vegetating rangeland and surface mined lands.

In general appearance Arizona Fescue seed is somewhat similar to Crested Wheatgrass seed and should present no problem in drilling. For range seeding, the best planting dates would be either spring or mid-summer, depending on the rainfall pattern. Seed should be planted 0.6 to 1.3 cm (¼ to ½ in.) deep.




4.5 to 6.7 kg PLS/hectare
4 to 6 lbs. PLS/acre



410,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)





Redondo Arizona Fescue was jointly released in 1973 by the Agricultural Experiment Stations of New Mexico State University and Colorado State University, the New Mexico State Highway Department and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. The original source of this seed was from west of Los Alamos, New Mexico in the Ponderosa pine vegetation zone.


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