Festuca subverticillata on the other hand goes all the way. I've used it in the wilder, natural areas of the garden to fill in on hillsides and burms. The graceful, vaselike form and clumping habit shows off it's glossy foliage and adds a windswept element of texture to the garden. It's a perfect alternative to lawns in a shady area, and if you want to get rid of your mower, plant this grass and you'll never have to mow again.
It seems to be a plant that tolerates a window of deep to bright shade and even a few hours of sunlight per day.
Propagation is easy by division and although I've never collected seed, I'm sure that this is also a viable method of increasing a stand.
Taxonomic Hierarchy Kingdom - Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom - Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision - Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division - Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants Class - Liliopsidae Subclass - Commelinidae Order - Cyperales Family - Poaceae Genus - Festuca Species - subverticillata Common name - "Nodding Fescue" Synonyms - Festuca obtusa Native range - http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cgi/b98_map?genus=festuca&species=subverticillata USDA Hardiness Zone - at least 5, possibly 4 or 3 Light preference - Open bright shade to full shade Soil fertility preference - Average to rich Soil pH preference - neutral to acidic Soil moisture preference - Average Bloom time - Very early Spring Bloom color - Beige Fragrance - None Foliage - Dark green, glossy Spread - 6" - 10" clumps Height - 8" - 18" Deer palatability - Seems deerproof, at least my deer don't seem interested Landscape uses - Adding texture to the shade garden Related species -Many native and non native Medicinal uses - None found