*Festuca elatior

Family Poaceae

Tall Fescue

Tufted perennial grass to 1.2 m high, sometimes tussock forming, without rhizomes.

Flowers: Spring. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry, one seeded, indehiscent fruit.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe, introduced as a pasture species.
  • Weed of grassland, woodland and roadsides.
  • Uncommon localised weed in grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Festuca elatior plant

Festuca elatior flower