Festuca arundinacea 'Jaguar 3'
Common Name: tall fescue
Type: Turfgrass
Family: Poaceae
Zone: 3 to 6
Height: 0.25 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.25 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Ground Cover


Tall fescue grows well in cool climates of the U.S. and notably in zones 3 to 6. It is considered a medium maintenance turfgrass and requires 1 to 3 lbs. of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. each year and regular watering especially during drought conditions in more southern parts of its range. Mowing height is 2 to 3" and it's seeding rate is 7 to 10 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Tall fescue is a good grass for full sun and part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Tall fescue is a coarse textured grass tolerant to a wide variation in environmental conditions. It has a bunch-type growth habit that causes it to appear clumped and upright. It does not spread rapidly because of its lack of underground stolons or rhizomes. Therefore, re-seeding is a common practice to repair damaged areas and thin spots. Tall fescue does best where there are mild winters and warm summers. An extensive, deep root system makes tall fescue a good choice for drought-prone sites. The cultivar 'Jaguar' is medium to dark green with medium-fine textured blades. It is widely adapted to different soil types and is fairly drought tolerant.


Good resistance to brown patch and leaf spot diseases. Good heat and drought tolerance as well as shade tolerance. Must be overseeded to correct for damaged spots. Tends to not fill in during mid-summer.

Garden Uses