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Festuca rubra (red fescue; ravine fescue)


Wikipedia Abstract

Festuca rubra subsp. commutata, commonly known as Chewing's fescue, is a species of grass. It is a perennial plant very common in lawns throughout Europe. The plant features filamentous leaves, with the leaf rolled in the shoot. It is a bunch grass without rhizomes.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Screening - Summer [2]  Porous
Screening - Winter [2]  Porous
Bloom Period [2]  Mid Spring
Dispersal Mode [5]  Anemochory
Drought Tolerance [2]  Medium
Fire Tolerance [2]  High
Frost Free Days [2]  90 days
Fruit/Seed Abundance [2]  High
Fruit/Seed Begin [2]  Spring
Fruit/Seed End [2]  Summer
Growth Form [2]  Rhizomatous
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Fall
Growth Rate [2]  Moderate
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Propagation [2]  Seed, Sod
Regrowth Rate [2]  Moderate
Root Depth [2]  12 inches (30 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  Slow
Seed Vigor [2]  Medium
Seeds Per [2]  454086 / lb (1001089 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [2]  Decumbent
Structure [6]  Grass
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  Rapid
Flower Color [2]  Yellow
Foliage Color [2]  Green
Fruit Color [2]  Brown
Height [3]  28 inches (.72 m)
Hardiness Zone Minimum [2]  USDA Zone: 2 Low Temperature: -50 F° (-45.6 C°) → -40 F° (-40 C°)
Light Preference [4]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [4]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [4]  Intermediate
Soil Moisture [4]  Moist
Water Use [2]  Moderate

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External References

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
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7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
8Ecology of Commanster
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10Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
11New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
12del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
13SNOW VOLE - Chionomys nivalis (Martins 1842), Janeau G., Aulagnier S., IBEX J.M.E. 4:1997
14Trophic utilization of a montane/subalpine forest by chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica) in the Central Pyrenees, R. Garcia-Gonzalez, P. Cuartas, Forest Ecology and Management 88 (1996) 15-23
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