Various Leaved FescueVARIOUS-LEAVED FESCUE (Festuca heterophylla Lam.)
Botanical description:Various-leaved Fescue is perennial, forming dense tufts. The stems, which are from two to four feet high, are thin and weak. They are surrounded at their base by leafy shoots, which arise from buds within the sheaths of old leaves and appear from their mouth as in Sheep's Fescue.
The shoots are, however, much more numerous than in the latter. The leaves are very long, permanently rolled up and bristle-like, but soft in texture. The leaves of the stems are at first folded and bristly, like those of the basal shoots, but they soon become flat and look very different. This is why the plant is called Various-leaved Fescue.
The flowers are in a panicle which is often nodding at the top and generally larger and more open than those of Sheep's and Hard Fescue. Each spikelet contains three to nine flowers, which have awns half or quite as long as the glumes that carry them.