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Slender creeping red fescue

Festuca rubra L. Ssp litoralis et Ssp pruinosa


  • This is the red fescue that produces the longest-lasting green turf in summer.
  • Superior performance in summer.
  • Moderate salt tolerance.
  • Most shade-tolerant red fescue.
  • Produces fine-leaved turf.
  • Withstands frequent and close mowing.
  • Grows fairly slowly.
  • Withstands slight trampling although better than the other red fescues.
  • Good shade tolerance.
  • Withstands low maintenance.
  • Enhances poor soils quite well.
  • Very durable.


  • Slower to get established than the other red fescues.
  • Takes longer to regrow after a drought.
  • Quite slow establishment.
  • Some varieties are susceptible to red thread.
  • Low tolerance to trampling and tearing.
  • Thatchy.