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  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Festuca subverticillata, Nodding Fescue

Festuca subverticillata 

Nodding Fescue

  • Average to slightly wet or slightly dry soils
  • Partial to full shade (possibly also sun, please see description below)
  • 24” tall, 12” to 18” wide
  • Summer blooms, summer to fall seed heads
  • Native to Ontario, Beginner friendly, Meadow, Woodland and Forest Ecosystems

New to me this year, grown from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery https://www.prairiemoon.com/festuca-subverticillata-nodding-fescue-prairie-moon-nursery.html 

Described as a woodland species, this grass is pictured in a meadow setting on the Prairie Moon site (presumably the patch they grow for seed), where they are quite upright and seem to be thriving. Because of this I suspect that they would grow well in a short, mixed meadow setting if sufficient moisture is available.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing at the link above for more details.

Photo from Prairie Moon Nursery

To see the much softer, lower form that they take in forest and woodland ecosystems, please check out this website https://sunfarm.com/picks/festucasubverticillata-1.phtml  

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality
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