Festuca rubra subsp. commutata

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Chewings fescue
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Genus: Festuca
Species: F. rubra
Subspecies: F. r. subsp. commutata
Trinomial name
Festuca rubra subsp. commutata

Festuca rubra subsp. commutata, commonly known as Chewing's fescue,[1] is a subspecies of grass. It is a perennial plant very common in lawns throughout Europe. The plant features filamentous leaves, with the leaf rolled in the shoot. It is a bunch grass without rhizomes.


In a lawn, Chewing's fescue has a very high shoot density and fine appearance, high tolerance to low temperatures, and very good visual merit. It is tolerant of acidic soils, shows high shade tolerance (under light wear), very resistant to common turf diseases and requires minimal water and fertiliser.

These properties make it an ideal constituent in lawn turfs, where it is often found mixed with ryegrasses, smooth meadow-grass, red fescue and bent grasses. It is not particularly tolerant of heavy wear or very close mowing (<5mm), however.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.