Red Fescue - Festuca rubra


Tuft forming, 15 to 80 cm tall usually with creeping rhizomes and surface runners. Basal leaves and those of runners are all bristle like and up to 40 cm long with groove on upper side. Those of the flowering stems are flat when fresh 0.5 to 3 mm wide. Not always red tinged.


Meadows, roadside verges, dry grassland etc.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 542 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map