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Festuca arundinacea (tall fescue)

Festuca arundinacea
Festuca arundinacea
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Festuca arundinacea (tall fescue) is a perennial grass with coarse foliage (family Poaceae) found throughout California except in the Great Basin and deserts. It favors sites with heavy soil, including grassland, coastal scrub, roadsides, ditches and other disturbed sites. Tall fescue is commonly planted for turf and hay or erosion control, but it has escaped cultivation and invaded wild areas. After tall fescue plants die, their leaves fall to the ground and create a thick thatch which prevents native plant seeds from germinating.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Resources on Festuca arundinacea

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Corbin, J. D., M. Thomsen, et al. (2004). Out of the frying pan: invasion of exotic perennial grasses in coastal prairies, Cal-IPC.
  • Gibson, J. and W. Bunn (2006). Factors that control non-native plant species within shaded fuelbreaks at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Cal-IPC Symposium, Rohnert Park, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Thomas, D. (2009). Active and passive restoration of fountain thistle habitat following jubatagrass removal. Cal-IPC Symposium 2009. Visalia, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • Antonio, C. D. and J. Gerlach (2003). Annual grasses: Status of biology and control. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Clines, J., J. DiTomaso, et al. (2004). Grasses working group. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, California, CA.
  • Corbin, J. D., M. Thomsen, et al. (2004). Out of the frying pan: Invasion of exotic perennial grasses in coastal prairies. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.
  • Thomsen, C. D., W. A. Williams, et al. (1996). Yellow starthistle management with grazing, mowing, and competitive plantings. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.

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