Sheep's-fescue - Festuca ovina

    Alt Name
    Sheep's Fescue

    Tufted grass without rhizomes or runners, 5 to 40 cm tall. All leaves are bristle like, rough 3 to 15 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Inflorescence 2 to 12 cm long, erect.


    Drier grassland.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent but local in most of Britain and scarcer in the east of England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 123 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map