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

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-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


-disturbed sites


-meadows and fields


Natural History:

-native to Europe

-introduced as a turf grass



Go Botany. “Festuca Filiformis Pourret.” Festuca Filiformis (Fine-Leaved Sheep Fescue): Go Botany, 2021,

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