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Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

Red Fescue, Creeping Fescue Grass, Red Fescue Grass, Festuca arundinacea, Lolium arundinaceum


Popular as mown turf grass, Festuca rubra (Red Fescue) is a cool-season grass forming tufts of arching, narrow, dark green blades. One of the most shade tolerant of lawn grasses, it tolerates many habitats, climates and is not fussy about soils. It makes a lovely lush green grass for shady spots where most turf grasses will not grow. It is beneficial for erosion control and is a good lawn substitute. Unmowed, Red Fescue creates an attractive lush meadow look. It is often mixed with other varieties for the production of a dense and compact turf. Red Fescue is also a nutritious forage grass for wild and domestic animals, but it is resistant to browsing by deer.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall and wide (30-60 cm). Runs strongly by creeping rhizomes.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in medium moisture, well-drained soils. This grass enjoys a good drought tolerance.
  • Does not need to be cut back but can be cut back in summer if desired. Can be mowed at about 2 to 3 in. (5-7 cm).
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to Europe and North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Festuca - Fescues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Festuca - Fescues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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