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Nodding Fescue

Festuca subverticillata

A native fescue for shadier sites; cool season grass with shiny, dark green leaves that shine in their shady habitat

Note* This product contains a small percentage of Buckhorn Plantain


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Festuca subverticillata, also known as Nodding Fescue, is a native perennial cool season grass.

Wildlife notes

Information about floral-faunal relationships for this species is limited. The caterpillars of Hesperia sassacus (Indian Skipper) feed on the foliage of Nodding Fescue.  Some birds and small rodents may eat the seeds.

Forage notes

Generally, Festuca spp. (Fescue Grasses) are palatable to livestock.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers partial sun to medium shade, moist to mesic conditions, and a loamy soil with abundant organic matter. Nodding Fescue tolerates more shade than most grass species.

Restoration notes

Habitats include moist to mesic woodlands (especially woodlands with Sugar Maples), small woodland openings and meadows, areas along woodland paths, and powerline clearances in wooded areas. This grass can be found in both degraded and higher quality woodlands; sometimes it strays into adjacent areas where there is a little more sunlight.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade, Part to Full Shade


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun

Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Medicinal

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.