Meadow Fescue - Schedonorus pratensis

Alt Name
Festuca pratensis

Height 40 to 80 cm forming only small tufts and with leaves only 4 mm wide (with fine toothed less rough edges than Tall Fescue).

Photo ID?

Found in a wide range of neutral grasslands, usually on fertile soils, including pastures, hay meadows and water meadows also naturalised on roadsides, railway banks and waste ground.

When to see it

In flower during June, July and August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent over most of Britain except the extreme north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 448 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map