Rough fescue is a large showy bunchgrass that sports a very dense cluster of narrow blades. It retains its cured leaves, giving it a slightly golden appearance. Around here rough fescue provides a lot of the winter forage for elk and deer, so you can trim down the old stalks in the spring to simulate browse and stimulate vigorous spring growth.

 

In the garden these plants get large enough to be stand-alone specimens, but they also are perfect for providing structure to larger meadow plantings.  Plant with twin arnica, prairie smoke, blanket flower, wild bergamot, sulphur buckwheat, small-flower penstemon, and aspen daisy for a 'forest meadow' effect. 

rough fescue

  • Festuca campestris