Common Name: fescue, fine
Species: Festuca spp. 
Bayer Code: FESLO

Fine 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.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower panicleseedhead is a closed, coarse panicle
Vernation Type foldedleaves folded in the bud
Ligule Type membranousrounded, 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) long
Growth Season / Life Cycle cool season turf 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape sharp-pointedbristle-like with whitish cast, deeply ridged on inner surface
Leaf Blade Width   
Stolon Presence absent 
Rhizome Presence absentabsent except in creeping red fescue; red fescue rhizomes are slender and short
Collar Type  indistinct, divided in some species, continuous in others
Sheath Margin open 
Sheath Type flattened OR roundsheath is smooth or covered with short hairs; red fescue sheath is round; sheath of other species is flattened