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Red fescue

Gramineae Festuca rubra L.

Chewing's fescue

F. rubra var. commutata Gaud.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Red fescue was introduced from Europe. It differs from sheep fescue in that it creeps by underground stems and forms a sod rather than growing in tufts. It is extensively used for lawns and erosion control in northern parts of the United States. Plants are hardy and vigorous. It is not highly palatable and is not generally used for pastures or hay. Chewing's fescue is a closely related kind but grows in clumps instead of forming a dense sod. It is also used for lawns and general purpose turf in shaded areas.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch