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festuca ovina - L.

Common Name Sheep's Fescue
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Poor, well-drained shallow soils from low to high elevations[1].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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festuca ovina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Lawn; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed[105, 161]. No further details but the seed is rather small and would be very fiddly to utilise[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained soil in full sun[200]. A drought resistant plant once established[1], it succeeds on shallow chalky soils[61]. Tolerant of constant cutting, this plant is often grown in lawns[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[162]. The seed usually germinates within three weeks. Division in spring[162]. Very easy, the clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Festuca conferta  0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Festuca ovinaSheep's FescuePerennial0.3 4-8  LMSNDM10 
Festuca pratensisMeadow fescuePerennial1.0 4-10 MLMHSNDM103

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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