Scientific Name: Festuca rubra var. rubra
Common Name: creeping red fescue
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: North America
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: < 0.1m x < 0.1m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Golf green, Green roof technology
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Acicular
Flowers: Spikelet, Red, May-Jun
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown
Key ID Features:
Bunching, thatchy, aggressive, dense sod habit without stolons, rhizomes present, bent culms bent; leaf vernation folded but hard to see (bristle-like leaves), blade slightly folded, <2mm wide, deeply ridged on upper surface (heavily veined), tips rounded and not boat-shapes; auricles absent; ligule <0.3mm, truncate; sheath base reddish, round to very slightly compressed, wider than blade.