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Fescue

Facts About Fescue
Fescue (festuca) is a type of grass belonging to the poaceae family (subfamily pooideae). It composes a large group of 300 species of perennial tufted grasses belonging to the same family. A native to cool climate, these grasses are found in other parts of the globe as well. The grass can be found growing in low, damp pastures and wet meadowlands throughout Europe, North Africa and North America.

Fescue species are easily seeded and include the sub species of tall bunching grasses named tall fescue and fine shorter fescues named creeping red, hard, chewings and sheep fescue. All varieties have almost similar characteristics. Following are the most dominating characteristics of the fescue species:

 
  • Shade tolerant
  • Staying green all year
  • Drought resistant.
 

Plant Description
Fescue plant is generally 0.5 to 1.2 m (1 1/2 to 4 feet) tall, with very fine thread-like leaves less than 1 mm wide, to tall grasses up to 2 m tall with large leaves up to 600 mm (2 ft) long and 20 mm (3/4 in.) broad.

Major Application Areas
Fescue, a tall grass from the family of poaceae is used for various applications including:

  • Animal Fodder: In many countries of the world, especially in European and American countries, fescue has been widely used for
    fodder. As a rich source of protein, minerals and vitamins, it improves the health of animals, besides increasing their stamina
    and productivity. Regular consumption of fescue also increases the digestive power of an animal.
  • In Golf Courses: Known for its superior quality, this grass of the genus Festuca, widely used on for rough on golf courses. This
    fine leafed and deeply rooted grass is commonly found on putting greens, especially on British seaside links courses.
  • Ornamental Plant: It is also grown as an ornamental plant for decorative landscape purposes.
 

Species
There are more than 300 various species of fescue are being cultivated in various portions of the globe. Some of them are:

  • Festuca alpina
  • Festuca altissima
  • Festuca amethystina
  • Festuca amplissima
  • Festuca arizonica
  • Festuca caesia
  • Festuca californica
  • Festuca cinerea
  • Festuca diffusa
  • Festuca elmeri
  • Festuca eskia
  • Festuca gautieri
  • Festuca glacialis
  • Festuca glauca
  • Festuca heterophylla
  • Festuca idahoensis, to name a few.
 
 


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