Sheep's-fescue - Festuca ovina

Alt Name
Sheep's Fescue

Tufted grass without rhizomes or runners, 5 to 40 cm tall. All leaves are bristle like, rough 3 to 15 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Inflorescence 2 to 12 cm long, erect.


Drier grassland.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent but local in most of Britain and scarcer in the east of England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 123 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map