Festuca rubra L.
Family: Poaceae
red fescue
Festuca rubra image
from USDA Plants website  
Festuca rubra image
Botanical Illustration  
Festuca rubra image
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium (UWSP)  
Etymology: Festuca: ancient Latin name for some type of grass, obscure
Plants: perennial grass
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Lawns, along trails and logging roads, roadsides, rocky beaches, clearings, edges of forests, gardens, disturbed soil, pine plantations, gravel pits, around springs, oak savannas, prairies, pavement cracks, road banks and roadcuts, barrens, rock outcrops, vacant lots. This species is interpreted to be a highly variable polyploid complex that ranges across Europe, Asia, and North America. While native subspecies do occur in the United States, it is believed that all of our material is introduced, no doubt representing escaped turf and pasture cultivars developed from European plants. First collected in 1935. The closed sheaths are most easily observed on the youngest green culms. Red fescue is sometimes rhizomatous, unlike the similar, cespitose F. saximontana and F. trachyphylla.