Festuca californica

California fescue

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



California fescue is found in montane settings from Los Angeles County north into Oregon. It is a fine grass for many settings in the garden, especially since it thrives in partial shade. California fescue grows as an upright bunch grass with apple- to gray-green blades. The flower heads are narrow and upright and may be kept on the plant for many months without detracting from its appearance. California fescue may be well planted in odd-numbered groups with adequate spacing. Place California fescue in front of Deer grass in partial shade. The plants have similar structures and cultural requirements. In the Santa Cruz Mountains, California fescue is often found in large groups on the banks of road cuts. The downhill arching fronds and seed heads strike the appearance of cascading water.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen