This grass is a very good lawn grass, showed mowed and unmowed, and I would like to buy seeds for it. Of course, I can't do that unless I know what it is. It does not spread, it doesn't turn brown during winter or during droughts, and it is exceptionally shade tolerant. What kind of grass is it?

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  • My initial thought was the weed "Annual Bluegrass". Take a look here: The Cool-season Turfgrasses: Identification & here: Turfgrass Species for Pennsylvania from Penn State University. If it's a desirable grass type for a lawn, I'm wondering if it's "Rough bluegrass" instead (taking into account your location)...
    – Mike Perry
    Oct 20, 2011 at 2:20
  • That is not it.
    – J. Musser
    Oct 23, 2011 at 1:47
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    It's not what? Then please explain why it's not. I'm not questioning you, but your explanation might give helpful information we can use in further identification...
    – Mike Perry
    Oct 23, 2011 at 22:38
  • It is not either of the grasses mentioned above. I have some of them as well.
    – J. Musser
    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:30
  • Ok! can you please try to give more information on the unknown glass eg Its blade structure. Also did you try to identify it via The Cool-season Turfgrasses: Identification?
    – Mike Perry
    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:16

3 Answers 3


That is tall fescue, a common lawn grass in cool region areas. I found the answer by planting different grass seed types until I found one that matched.

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That looks like fescue to me. Fescue does not spread (with the exception of some rhizomous varieties) and is very shade tolerant. It's down side is that it will need a lot of water in hot/dry climates if it is not in the shade.

  • Those links seem to be missing now.
    – The Flash
    Aug 18, 2015 at 17:37

It's also possible that you have Buffalograss ( http://www.outsidepride.com/seed/grass-seed/buffalo-grass-seed.html ). Beware: it grows fast.

I planted tall fescue in all the shaded and highly damp spots in my lawn (mostly areas shaded by the patio). While it is a completely different grass to my Blue Couch lawn (crab grass), it blends in perfectly when they're mowed at the same height.

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