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Festuca rubra ssp. rubra [= Festuca rubra]

Red Fescue

Scientific Name:

Festuca rubra ssp. rubra [= Festuca rubra]

Genus:

Festuca

Species Epithet:

rubra ssp. rubra

Common Name:

Red Fescue

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, fields, disturbed areas, pastures, grassy balds. Common in NC mountains, rare in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Has been cultivated and sold as a shade-tolerant turfgrass; also used in mine reclamation work.

Weakley notes: "In our area, this species is considered to be partly native and partly introduced. This species is circumboreal, extending south in North in North America to GA and MO. Many varieties or subspecies have been described in the F. rubra complex."

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/festuca/rubra/



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