Fine fescue (Festuca sp. and ssp.) species include creeping red (Festuca rubra), chewings (Festuca rubra ssp. commutata Gaudin), hard (Festuca ovina L.), and sheep fescue (Festuca brevipila Tracey). All fine-leaf fescues are bunch-type grasses except creeping red fescue, which is rhizomatous. Fine fescues are some of the most fine-textured turfgrasses available. Due to their superb shade tolerance and ability to recuperate from stresses, fine fescues are often mixed with tall fescue to enhance performance in shady areas.
- For a month-by-month fine fescue lawn maintenance calendar, see Tall Fescue, Hard (Fine) Fescue, and Kentucky Bluegrass Home Lawn Calendar.
- SEEDHEAD / FLOWER
- panicle; seedhead is a closed, coarse panicle
- VERNATION TYPE
- leaves folded in the bud
- LIGULE TYPE
- GROWTH SEASON / LIFE CYCLE
- cool season turf
- AURICLE TYPE
- LEAF BLADE TIP SHAPE
- STOLON PRESENCE
- RHIZOME PRESENCE
- absent except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short
- COLLAR TYPE
- indistinct, divided in some species, continuous in others
- SHEATH MARGIN
Publication date: Aug. 22, 2022
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