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Fescue, Covar Sheep Seed

Drought Tolerant Dwarf Bunchgrass

Item Number: SCG295


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.

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Festuca ovina Cool-weather native perennial

Densely-tufted, dwarf bunchgrass adapted to well-drained, medium-textured soils, with 10"-12 minimum rainfall. Good choice for the Pacific Northwest.

  • Application Rate: 3-5 lb/1000 sq ft, 10-20 lb/acre
  • Inoculant: None needed
  • Germination: 7 Days
  • Plant Height: 12"
  • Days to Maturity: 12 months
  • Uses: Erosion control, companion grass for wildflowers
  • Facts to Note: Drought tolerant and able to take partial shade, low fertility, and shallow soils. In range plantings, it is a competitive understory grass. Not a primary forage producer but readily grazed by sheep (not cattle or horses). Good companion grass for wildflowers. Easily established in spring or fall, when nights are cool. Protect from weed competition for 1-2 years.


  • California Native
  • Cold Hardy, Down to 25 °F
  • Easily Established
  • Germination in Soils < 45°F
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant
  • Tolerates Mowing/Grazing


Life Cycle Perennial Plant Height Low-growing, to 12"
Planting Time Spring, Fall Seed Variety Single
Life Cycle Perennial
Plant Height Low-growing, to 12"
Planting Time Spring, Fall
Seed Variety Single

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Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs. Dimensions: 7.5"L x 7"W x 2"H


Don't be disappointed at first!

I may give this a higher rating after the seed has more time to get established. Initially, I am satisfied.
We broadcast the Covar Sheep Fecue, mixed with rice hulls to provide more bulk ( the seeds are very small), in late spring. Seeding should probably be earlier, but we got a late start.
I then lightly harrowed the ground with a chain harrow upside down (teeth pointing up). The seeds are so small that you don't want to bury them too deep. Fortunately, we have irrigation water and were able to irrigate the field of abused ground we are trying to rehabilitate. BEWARE - the initial seedlings are TINY and hard to spot. We were beginning to think we had a failure, but finally started spotting the initial blades of grass - about the size of an eyelash. After 3 months, we now have clumps (it is a bunch grass) from 1 to 2 inches high. It might be better to seed in late fall, especially if you get late fall/early winter rains. I may experiment with some overseeding this fall in order to cover some thin spots and to increase the overall plant density. If you google Covar Sheep Fescue, there is a USDA paper and a paper from WSU with pretty good information about the seed/plant/grass.

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