tall fescue grass
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Zone 1: Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)

Traits: A cool-season perennial from Europe. Deep roots help it survive foot traffic and drought.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: 'Rebel IV' and 'Tarheel II' tolerate some fungi.

Alternatives: Perennial ryegrass, fine-leaf fescue, Zoysia, Kentucky bluegrass
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