Fineleaf sheep fescue
Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Festuca filiformis Pourret
Common name(s): fineleaf sheep fescue, fine-leaved sheep fescue, hair fescue
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-leaf blade 0.2–0.6 mm in width
– at least one population in ME is known to be herbicide-resistant
-may be confused with F. ovina; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
-meadows and fields
-native to Europe
-introduced as a turf grass
Go Botany. “Festuca Filiformis Pourret.” Festuca Filiformis (Fine-Leaved Sheep Fescue): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/festuca/filiformis/.
Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)