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Chewings Fescue (Festuca Rubra Subsp. Commutata)

Key facts about Chewings Fescue (Festuca Rubra Subsp. Commutata)

  • Height: 15-80cm
  • Flowering Time: May-July
  • Flower colour: Mid green
  • Growth habit: Tuft forming grass
  • Habitat: Dry soils with low nutrient levels but can tolerate wet winters
  • Appears in: Meadowmat’s low growing, species rich turf 
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A Brief Description of Chewings Fescue

chewings fescue grass

One of three types of fescue grass often used in lawns (the others are Slender Creeping Red Fescue and Strong Creeping Red Fescue). This grass is characterised by slim, almost spiky leaves. Even in a long hot summer, this grass is reasonably drought tolerant. We love that it has a wonderfully velvety texture with a robust seed head that I’m sure you’ve seen many times before.

Where to use Chewings Fescue

Mown short, it makes an excellent lawn grass. If it’s regularly scalped, chewings fescue can become pale, weak and disease prone. However, if it is maintained at around 5cm height, or even allowed to grow a little longer, this grass species makes a great lawn.

You’ll find Chewings Fescue in our lawn grass turf AND in our species rich Meadowmat. This grass definitely adds value to both types of groundcover.

In Species rich Meadowmat, It’s chewings fescue that lends the sward it’s thickness and depth of colour. This grass grows well with flowering species and because it’s not at all aggressive, it won’t need frequent mowing.

Benefits of Chewings Fescue

  • Perennial grass, proven to adapt well to almost any situation
  • Very good at soil stabilisation
  • Reasonably shade tolerant
  • Slender leaves that won’t detract from other plants
  • Tolerates mowing well
  • Generally undemanding
  • Easy to manage and not at all invasive

Did you know?

That Chewings Fescue originated in New Zealand as was introduced to the UK as sheep fodder?

Read more in this article

The Story of Chewings Fescue Grass