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Festuca pratensis
Synonyms: Lolium pratense

Common Name(s): Meadow fescue
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Invasiveness: Weed
Growing Days: 120 to 270 (days)
Abs.Max=75° (F)    Opt.Max=66° (F)
Opt.Min=52° (F)    Abs.Min=39° (F)
Precipitation: 31 to 47 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -45° (F)
Soil pH: 4.5 to 8.2
Soil Texture/Type: Medium to heavy textures
Soil Drainage: Poor
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Bright to cloud
Adapted to cool humid climate but limited by high average summer temps.
Pythium, Sclerotinia, Anthrachose, Rust, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Powdery Mildew
Animal Food - forage, Weed - possible seed contam., Environ. - erosion control
Boreal, steppe and semi-arid, temperate, subtropical
Geographical Origin:
Asia Temp, Indian Subcontinent, Europe
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