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Common Name: Sheep's Fescue
Festuca ovina is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.25 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Most of Europe, including Britain.
Poor, well-drained shallow soils from low to high elevations[
Prefers a light well-drained soil in full sun[
]. A drought resistant plant once established[
], it succeeds on shallow chalky soils[
Tolerant of constant cutting, this plant is often grown in lawns[
This is an extremely polymorphic species with a natural distribution throughout temperate and cold parts of the N hemisphere. Numerous variants have been recognized at infraspecific rank, often from different habitats and based on small differences in pubescence, size, proportion of vegetative and floral parts, and other characters[
]. No further details but the seed is rather small and would be very fiddly to utilise[
Seed - sow spring in situ[
]. The seed usually germinates within three weeks.
Division in spring[
]. Very easy, the clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.