Festuca asperula

Graceful Fescue

Bluish tufted perennial grass. May spread from underground stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm, stems to 1.2 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, inrolled or folded leaves to 30 cm x 1 mm. Sheaths smooth, brown, pale or purplish.
  • Flower colourPale green to purplish
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersNarrow loose flowerhead to 25 cm long, branchlets mostly erect. 3-7-flowered spikelets, 1-veined on lower bract, 3-veined on upper. Lower floral bracts narrow, rounded, rough near top, single bristle. Tip hairless.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry soil in forests at higher altitudes. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant under a canopy in drier areas or on embankments.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known only from Mt Dandenong. More common in the eastern highlands.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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