The Grass Guide: Tall Fescue

Name: Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
Life cycle: Cool-season perennial
Native to: Europe
Uses: Pasture and hay
Identification: Leaves are sharp, pointed, and rough to the touch, and almost seem to cup the stem at their origin.

Tall fescue is a very hardy forage able to withstand high summer temperatures, drought, moisture stress, and shade. The traditional variety KY-31+ is infected with a fungal endophyte, which produces the toxin ergovaline in the seed head, leaf, and stem of the plant. Ergovaline can c

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