Festuca rubra L.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: FERU2
This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Festuca rubra ssp. fallax, Chewing's Fescue. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flowering time varies over its range.
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Clay, Loam
Conditions Comments: Red fescue is not shade tolerant.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Festuca rubra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Festuca rubra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Festuca rubra
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-03-09
Research By: TWC Staff