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Highly valued in grazing and hay fields throughout the UK and Europe and thrives in loamy and heavy moist soils. Abundant in wet meadows and old pastures.


Tall loosely tufted, tussock forming perennial reaching a height of up to 120 cm. Distinguished from tall fescue by hairless auricles. No rhizomes or stolons.

Spikelets are awnless, 5 – 14 flowered.


Meadow fescue - ligule Very short, 1 mm, blunt.










Auricles: Small, spreading and hairless.

Leaf blade:

Bright green, hairless, upper surface ribbed sometimes rough, up to 4 mm in width. Lower surface smooth and glossy. Leaf margins rough.

Meadow fescue ligule 1 Meadow fescue auricles. © Blackthorn arable.
Meadow fescue ligule 2 Meadow fescue ligule. © Blackthron arable.
Meadow fescue seedling 2 Measdow fescue - seedling. © Blackthorn arable.
Meadow fescue mature 1 Meadow fescue - mature. © Blackthorn arable.
Meadow fescue mature 2 Meadow fescue. © Blackthorn arable.


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