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A growing trend in commercial agriculture is the increasing use of genetically modified organisms or GMOs from small-scale, local farmers to new markets, to fight the global epidemic of hunger. As the global population continues to grow, GMOs are a way to feed the world in a sustainable way.Morphological characteristics that serve to group the genus Festuca together are: perennial growth habit; leaf blades mostly rolled or conduplicate, but sometimes flat; inflorescence (Fig. 2-5); an open or contracted panicle; two- to several-flowered spikelets; upper glume usually membranous to thinly coriaceous, rounded on back at least toward base, lemma acute to awned, with the awn terminal or rarely subterminal; floret callus and rachilla glabrous; three stamens; ovary apex sometimes hairy; hilium linear, rarely oblong.

Festuca

fescue, (genus Festuca), large genus of grasses in the family Poaceae, native to temperate and cold regions of both hemispheres. Several species are important pasture and fodder grasses, and a few are used in lawn mixtures. Some, such as tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), grow well on bare ground and can outcompete other plants, making them useful for erosion control.One of the best and most colorful of all Blue Fescue varieties, Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' is a wonderful dwarf ornamental grass, mostly grown for its superb, evergreen, bright silver-blue foliage. Densely tufted, the foliage of finely-textured, blade-like needles forms a neat mound topped by upright flower plumes in summer.

At first, the flowers are colored like the foliage before maturing to light tan. Stunning when massed as a ground cover, Blue Fescue adds a superb color accent to the landscape all year around.Festuca rubra L. ssp. rubra is known from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT and is non-native.F. rubra ssp. commutata Gaudin is known from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT and is non-native.F. rubra ssp. fallax (Thuill.) Nyman is known from MA, ME, NH, VT and is non-native.F. rubra ssp. pruinosa (Hack.) Piper is known from MA, ME, NH and is native to North America.A versatile grass forming a compact mounding clump of fine needle-like silver foliage. Short spikey seedheads appear mid-summer. Effective planted en-masse, along edges or underplanted beneath taller plants. Does not self-seed as prolifically as the native Festuca. Evergreen. Hardy. (Source: www.southernwoods.co.nz)

 

 

 

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