fescue species include creeping red, chewings, hard, and sheep fescue. 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.
seedhead is a closed, coarse panicle
folded in the bud
rounded, 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long
Season / Life Cycle
Blade Tip Shape
bristle-like with whitish cast, deeply ridged on inner surface
except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short
divided in some species, continuous in others
is smooth or covered with short hairs; red fescue sheath is round; sheath of
other species is flattened
Note: Still not
sure this is the right turfgrass? The Turf & Weed Identification
Decision Aid may help. Check the TurfFiles glossary for definitions
of unfamiliar terms.
Need help in selecting the best
turfgrass for your particular situation? The Turf/Cultivar Selection
Decision Aid will help you sort through the options which are available.
For more information on turfgrass/cultivar selection, establishing a new lawn,
caring for a new lawn, or renovating a lawn, see AG-69,
Diseases Which May Affect This Turfgrass
© North Carolina State University. This information sheet was prepared
by Arthur H. Bruneau, Bridget R. Lassiter, Gail G. Wilkerson, Emily J.
Erickson, Casey Reynolds, Jenifer J. Reynolds, and Gregory S. Buol. Department
of Crop Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, North Carolina
State University. Prepared April 29, 2008. Available
on-line at www.turffiles.ncsu.edu. This publication was made possible through a
grant provided by the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research &
Education (CENTERE) whose purpose is to support worthwhile projects that will
benefit both the private sector and the public, and protect the environment.