Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. April 2011.

Scientific name: Festuca spp.

Common name(s): fescue

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial


-height of 10-20 cm

-propagates from seed and rhizomes

-fibrous root system

-most leaf blades are rolled


-several flowered spikelets

-utilized worldwide



Oregon State University. “Genus Festuca: The Fescues.” Forage Information System, Department of Crop and Soil Science , 15 Jan. 2016, forages.oregonstate.edu/tallfescuemonograph/Morphology/relationships/genus.

Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)