Festuca myuros

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Vulpia myuros

Common names: rat-tail fescue; red-tailed fescue; sixweeksgrass; zorro annual fescue

Festuca myuros (rattail fescue) is an annual grass (family Poaceae) widely distributed in California. This species is one of many introduced annual grasses that reduces habitat for native perennial grasses.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed RIC Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

  • Bell, M. D., S. J. Dickens, et al. (2010). Herbicide treatment of an invaded grassland following a prescribed fire. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium. Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • Quinn, L., B. Davis, et al. (2006). Does horse manure harbor invasive plants? Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.
  • DiTomaso, J. (2003). Fire: Prescribed burning as a management tool. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • McGraw, J. (2002). Management of rare native species amidst exotic plant competition: Insights from Santa Cruz County’s endemic sandhills community. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2002. Sacramento, CA.
  • Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California bernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
  • Giessow, J. and P. Zedler (1996). The effects of fire frequency and firebreaks on the abundance and species richness of exotic plant species in coastal sage scrub. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
  • Boyd, D. (1995). Use of fire to control French broom. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '95. J. Lovich, J. Randall and M. Kelly. Pacific Grove, CA.

Other Festuca myuros Information