Ireland

Sheep fescue (Hard Fescue)

Festuca ovina

Sheep's fescue or sheep fescue (Festuca ovina) is a species of grass. It is sometimes also known by the common name Hard Fescue; however, that name may also be used to refer to Festuca longifolia.
It is a perennial plant sometimes found in acidic ground, and in mountain pasture, throughout Europe (with the exception of some Mediterranean areas) and eastwards across much of Asia; it has also been introduced to North America.

It is classified under the British NVC community CG2, i.e. Festuca ovina – Avenula pratensis grassland, one of the calcicolous grassland communities.

Sheep's fescue is a densely tufted perennial grass. Its greyish-green leaves are short and bristle-like. The panicles are both slightly feathery and a bit one-sided. It flowers from May until June, and is wind-pollinated. It has no rhizomes.