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Elmer Fescue
Festuca elmeri
About Elmer Fescue (Festuca elmeri) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Festuca elmeri is a species of grass known by the common names coast fescue and Elmer's fescue. It is native to the US states of California and Oregon, where it often grows in wet, shady areas in coastal counties. This fescue grows in thin bunches with erect stems reaching up to one meter in height. The leaves are somewhat hairy and 10 to 40 centimeters long. The drooping flower cluster holds spikelets which are each about a centimeter long and have light-colored, hairlike awns.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist, wooded slopes, under trees in rich soil

Annual Precipitation: 17.0" - 134.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 3.89", Coldest Month: 35.7" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 56.0" - 75.1", Humidity: 0.38" - 23.40", Elevation: 50" - 6808"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coast Fescue, Elmer's Fescue

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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