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Tall fescue

Gramineae, Poaceae Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Tall fescue is a perennial bunchgrass, introduced from Europe, which reaches up to 4 feet. It is used for pasture, hay, turf and erosion control throughout the northern states, and is also adapted southward except in the Coastal Plain. Basal leaves are numerous, broad and flat. Plants are vigorous and grow well on both wet and dry sites. They thrive best on heavy soils. Palatability for livestock is lower than that of some other grasses, and pastures should be grazed close for best acceptance and nutritive value. A number of improved varieties are available in the trade.


Last update June 28, 1996 bha