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Tall Fescue

Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds


  • Perennial grass that grows best during cooler temperatures (spring, fall)
  • Tough, coarse-textured, dark green, clump-forming grass
  • Leaf blades are flat and stiff
  • Leaf veins are prominent on upper leaf surface
  • Flower spikelets are loose and open
  • Roots are fibrous; no underground stems (rhizomes) produced


  • Endophyte-free fescue can be a beneficial pasture species
  • Less tolerant of mowing heights under 1 1/2”
  • Good drought tolerance due to larger, deeper root system

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