TALL FESCUE

Festuca arundinacea

Tall Fescue is a tufted, perennial grass that is best adapted to cool-season production. It grows strongly during spring and autumn, with poor growth during winter (even though it stays green) and limited growth in summer. It can spread with small underground roots called rhizomes. Leaves have characteristic ridges on the upper side.

 

This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall exceeds 1000 mm and distribution correlates with the crop’s production curve. In South Africa, Tall Fescue is normally planted under irrigation.

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  • Production of up to 18-24 t DM/ha/season
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Strong perennial

  • Temperate species, but adapted to subtropical areas

  • Tolerant to heavy grazing

  • Ideal foggage crop

  • Can survive prolonged periods of waterlogging