Scientific NameSchedonorus arundinaceus
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A clumping grass with fibrous root system. Clumps enlarge by tilling but this species reproduces by seed.
Leaves are fairly broad and rolled in the bud with short blunt auricles fringed with short hairs.
Many varieties of tall fescue are infected with an endophyte that can be toxic to livestock but allows the plant to be more tolerant to drought.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers early to midsummer and seed heads persist in to the fall. Seed head is a panicle.
The fruit a spikelet contains 3-8 lance shaped seeds that are 7 mm in length.