Botanical Name: Festuca arizonica
Common Name: Arizona Fescue  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

In height and form this western native is very much like Stipa tenuissima, and they are often found growing in the same areas. It has a very fine texture, which moves in the slightest breeze. Arizona fescue will go dormant in the summer unless watered a couple times per month; left unwatered, it survives, awaiting the coolness of fall. Clumping, with upright arching habit, clump grows 12 to 20 inches; flower stalk grows 20 inches or so. Flowers June and July.
Plant in full to part sun and well drained soils. clay to clay-loam. Provides good erosion control; birds and small wildlife enjoy the seeds. Generally grown from seed.