Festuca Rubra, also known by the name Red Fescue and Creeping red fescue is a species of grass that belongs to the family Poaceae.
Overview of Festuca Rubra
• This grass is found worldwide.
• It can tolerate many habitats and climates.
It is best adapted to:
– well-drained soils
– cool, temperate climates
– shadier areas
• It is important for domestic forage.
• This is because of low productivity and palatability.
• It is also an ornamental plant for gardens.
• Festuca rubra is perennial.
• It has sub-species.
• It has rhizomes.
• It forms bunch grass tufts.
• It prefers neutral and acidic soils.
• It can grow up to a height of 2 to 20 cm.
• The leaves are narrow and needle like.
• Its swards are not as tufted as sheep’s fescue.
• This grass has a springy characteristic.
• The leaves are bright green in color.
• The spikelet flowers are 4-10.
• It is about 15 mm long.
• The ligule is very short and blunt.
Scientific Classification for Festuca Rubra
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Festuca
• Species : F. rubra
• Binomial name : Festuca rubra
Growing/Caring conditions for Festuca
• Dig a hole with a spade.
• It should be deep enough for the plant’s roots to fit into.
• The crown of the grass should be level with the surface of the soil.
• The hole should be twice as wide as its depth.
• Take the grass from its container.
• Loosen the roots so they will fill the hole.
• Then lower the clump into the ground.
• Fill the hole with soil.
• Press it firmly to remove pockets of air.
• Water the Festuca thoroughly.
• Clump Festuca plants.
• Space them about 8 to 10 inches apart.
• Clump them on the area which you want to cover.
• This will help in forming a ground cover.
• Ornamental grasses like Festuca are unlikely to need fertilizer.
• Conduct a soil pH test on the designated planting location.
• Add lime to acidic soil to alkaline soil.
• Even sulfur can be added.
• Spread two inches of compost on the soil.
• Work the compost to about 3 inches of soil using a tiller.
• Eradicate weeds by hand pulling.
• Dig a hole.
• The size should to 2 times the size of the root ball.
• It should be about 1/8-inch deep.
• Put the plant in the soil and cover with soil properly.
• This is to ensure that the base is minimized of air pockets.
• Fertilize in the spring and fall.
• Use a balanced granular fertilizer.
• Apply an all purpose fertilizer which has an NPK amount of 8-8-8.
• Spread the fertilizer at the base.
• Water thoroughly.
• Prune away the foliage using a bypass shears.
• Allow the plant to dry out in between watering.
• Spacing allows adequate air circulation.
• This helps in reduction of fungal diseases.
• Monitor powdery mildew and root rot.
• Eradicate any diseased areas and any infected foliage.