Festuca howellii Hack. ex Beal

Scientific Name: Festuca howellii Hack. ex Beal

Classification: Plantae/ Tracheobionta / Spermatophyta / Magnoliophyta / Liliopsida / Commelinidae / Cyperales / Poaceae / Gramineae / Festuca L./ Festuca howellii Hack. ex Beal

<i>Festuca howellii</i> Hack. ex Beal
General Information
Usda SymbolFEHO
Life CyclePerennial
Growth HabitsGraminoid
Native LocationsFEHO

Plant Guide

Use a soil moisture meter to monitor the soil moisture where Festuca howellii Hack. ex Beal is planted.

Plant Traits

Growth Requirements

Temperature, Minimum (°F)-33
Adapted to Coarse Textured SoilsYes
Adapted to Fine Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Medium Textured SoilsYes
Anaerobic ToleranceMedium
CaCO3 ToleranceLow
Cold Stratification RequiredYes
Drought ToleranceLow
Fertility RequirementMedium
Fire ToleranceHigh
Frost Free Days, Minimum90
Hedge ToleranceNone
Moisture UseMedium
pH, Maximum7.3
pH, Minimum6.0
Precipitation, Maximum60
Precipitation, Minimum40
Root Depth, Minimum (inches)10
Salinity ToleranceNone
Shade ToleranceIntermediate


After Harvest Regrowth RateSlow
Shape and OrientationErect
Nitrogen FixationNone
Resprout AbilityNo
Active Growth PeriodSpring and Summer
C:N RatioMedium
Coppice PotentialNo
Fall ConspicuousNo
Fire ResistantNo
Flower ColorPurple
Flower ConspicuousNo
Foliage ColorDark Green
Foliage Porosity SummerPorous
Foliage TextureMedium
Low Growing GrassYes
Leaf RetentionNo
Known AllelopathNo
Height, Mature (feet)2.5
Growth RateModerate
Growth FormBunch
Fruit/Seed ConspicuousNo
Fruit/Seed ColorBrown
Foliage Porosity WinterPorous


Vegetative Spread RateNone
Small GrainNo
Seedling VigorMedium
Seed Spread RateSlow
Seed per Pound750000
Fruit/Seed PersistenceNo
Propagated by TubersNo
Propagated by SprigsNo
Propagated by SodNo
Propagated by SeedYes
Propagated by CormNo
Propagated by ContainerNo
Propagated by BulbNo
Propagated by Bare RootNo
Fruit/Seed Period EndSummer
Fruit/Seed Period BeginSummer
Fruit/Seed AbundanceMedium
Commercial AvailabilityContracting Only
Bloom PeriodLate Spring
Propagated by CuttingsNo


Veneer ProductNo
Pulpwood ProductNo
Protein PotentialMedium
Post ProductNo
Palatable HumanNo
Palatable Graze AnimalHigh
Palatable Browse AnimalLow
Nursery Stock ProductNo
Naval Store ProductNo
Lumber ProductNo
Fodder ProductYes
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo

<i>Festuca howellii</i> Hack. ex Beal

<i>Festuca howellii</i> Hack. ex Beal

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