rough fescue (Festuca campestris)

field of tufted Rough Fescue grass

rough fescue


Common name: rough fescue
Botanical name: Festuca campestris

Light: full to part sun
Height: 16 – 40 inches
Water:  drought tolerant once established but thrives with some water in well-drained soils
Soil type: well-drained deep loamy to clay soils


Beautiful native bunchgrass that forms dense clusters with draping foliage and 2-3′ tall flowers; beautiful grass in garden settings or in meadows


  • tan, draping clumps of rough fescue grass near pine tree
    rough fescue in fall