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Festuca rubra ssp. rubra

Festuca rubra L. ssp. rubra

Red Fescue, Prolific Fescue

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Festuca prolifera, Festuca prolifera var. lasiolepis, Festuca rubra ssp. arctica, Festuca rubra ssp. juncea, Festuca rubra ssp. vulgaris, Festuca rubra var. juncea, Festuca rubra var. prolifera


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), HI (I), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous. The lemmas of this species are usually green with red-violet borders, sometimes mostly red-violet.


USA: AK , CA , CO , CT , DC , ID , IN , KY , MA , ME , MN , MO , NC , NH , NV , NY , OH , OR , RI , SC , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Festuca rubra ssp. rubra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Festuca rubra ssp. rubra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Festuca rubra ssp. rubra


Record Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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