Festuca arundinacea

Festuca arundinacea

Tall fescue

Previous scientific name(s): Festuca elatior ssp. arundinacea, Festuca fenas, Festuca uechtritziana, Lolium arundinaceum, Schedonorus arundinaceu

Densely tufted, cool season, moderately drought-tolerant perennial bunchgrass with deep fibrous root system. Occurs in all soil textures on deep soils. Tolerates wet, poorly drained sites. Good palatability to livestock and big game. It is important to use endophyte-free strains when used as forage. Used for pasture, controlling soil erosion and as a turfgrass.

Varieties: 
Fawn

Developed for high chromagen and crude protein content, high seed yield, and low self-fertility. Compared to Alta, it matures earlier, has more spring vigor and it consistently produces higher seed yields. (Released 1964, source of ecotype: Europe)

K-31

Species Attributes

Height: 
25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Cool
Life Form: 
Bunchgrass
Native or Introduced: 
Introduced
Precipitation: 
16 
- 20 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Not Adapted
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Best
Fine: 
Best

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Best
Seeding Rate: 
15 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
27.20 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
227,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes