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Six Weeks Fescue
Festuca octoflora
About Six Weeks Fescue (Festuca octoflora) Nurseries Show All Photos Festuca octoflora (formerly Vulpia octoflora'), also called six-weeks fescue, pullout grass, sixweeks fescue, eight-flower sixweeks grass, eight-flowered fescue; is an annual plant in the grass family (Poaceae). The common name "six week fescue" is because it supplies about 6 weeks of cattle forage after a rain. Subspecies include Festuca octoflora Walter var. tenella, Festuca gracilenta Buckley, and Festuca tenella Willd. )This bunchgrass is native to North America occurring across a large part of Canada, in all of the lower 48 contiguous United States, and Baja California of Mexico. It grows in open, sunny places between shrubs and in burn areas. It is commonly found in burn areas after a fire. Vulpia octoflora var. hirtella Vulpia octoflora var. octoflora
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2 ft (0.6 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places with sandy soils


Elevation ?
15' - 6455'

Annual Precip. ?
3.0" - 49.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.69"

Coldest Month ?
37.4° F - 60.4° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 88.7° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 40.10 vpd


Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Six Week 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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