Scientific NameSchedonorus pratensis
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Meadow fescue is cool-season perennial bunchgrass that grows 1 to 4 ft tall.
The lower and upper leaf blade surfaces are dull green or grayish blue. Leaf blades are 2-7mm wide and 10 to 25 cm long. The leaf blade is rough and sandpapery. The base of the leaf has a pair of whitened clasping auricles. The leaves and stems are hairless.
It has a short blunt ligule, 0-0.5mm. It is similar to tall fescue but differs by having minute hairs on the auricles.
Flower Seed Head
The seedhead is a spikelet that grows up to 12mm and is somewhat flattened. Seedheads are green to purplish. Flowering occurs during mid to late summer last 1-2 weeks. .
Seed shape is caryopsis and has a groove running the length of the seed. The length is 3-4mm.
Found in prairies, meadows, woodland borders, lawns, pastures, ditches, waste areas, city parks, and river banks. It prefers full to partial sunlight, moist to dry conditions. It also survives regular mowing but prefers not to be mowed.
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
rolled in bud
Mature Leaf Width
6 to 15 mm
less than 1 mm