Festuca rubra
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Festuca rubra

red fescue

  family poaceae 
  genus festuca 

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Genus  Festuca Species  rubra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  red fescue Family  POACEAE Specimen number  S13990 Data source  Allergy p123;BtrflyCa p227;BtrflyCa p217;Xeri p297
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Grass Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Decumbent Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-08b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Festuca rubra is a host plant for the sachem butterfly as well as the common branded skipper butterfly. Red fescue can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. It prefers moist soils. This is a prairie grass suitable for select areas.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Atalopedes campestris (sachem butterfly);Hesperia comma (common branded skipper butterfly) Attracts butterflies  yes Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Strong Hay fever season  Jun 01 - Aug 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Keep away from this species if you are susceptible to hay fever. Hay fever season usually extends from June to August.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Festuca rubra is a native plant in the natural environment that occurs throughout US and CA.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Festuca rubra is a perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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