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Festuca arundinacea
Synonyms: F. elatior

Common Name(s): Tall fescue
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Invasiveness: Weed
Growing Days: 150 to 190 (days)
Abs.Max=30° (C)    Opt.Max=22° (C)
Opt.Min=15° (C)    Abs.Min=5° (C)
Precipitation: 60 to 130 (cm.)
Winter Minimum: -3° (C)
Soil pH: 5.5 to 8
Soil Texture/Type: Heavy soils
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Short day
Light Intensity: Bright to clear
Bunchgrass adapted to entire US except coastal plains. Minimum temperature reported does not agree with distribution.
Pythium, Anthrachose, Rust, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora
Poison - mammals, Weed - possible seed contam., Environ. - ornamental, Animal Food - forage, Environ. - erosion control
Steppe and semi-arid, temperate, subtropical
Geographical Origin:
Asia Temp, Europe
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