- A perennial grass that is a valuable lawn, pasture, and fodder species (genus Festuca, family Gramineae). An annual grass that typically occurs on drier soils such as on dunes and wasteland (genus Vulpia, family Gramineae).
- Cool-season grasses, such as fescues and Kentucky bluegrass, are tall so you cut them higher.
- For example, in the northern United States, lawn seed mixes for shady areas will require more grasses called fescues, which like shade, and less Kentucky Bluegrass, the sun-loving grass of the North.
- Tall fescue and perennial ryegrass are more resistant than bluegrass and Bermuda.
Middle English festu, festue 'straw, twig,' from Old French festu, based on Latin festuca 'stalk, straw'. The change of -t- to -c- occurred in the 16th century; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century.
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