Giant Fescue - Schedonorus giganteus

    Alt Name
    Festuca gigantea

    A stout, erect, hairless plant 50 to 150 cm tall with broad (to 18 mm) glossy green leaves. The leaf auricles are reddish-purple and clasp the stem. Panicle is very loose and drooping, with long rough branches occurring singly or in pairs. Spikelets 10 to 15 cm long.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods and well shaded places.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain except in Northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 371 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map