Festuca gigantea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeFestucaFestuca gigantea


A tufted perennial herb of moist woodland on neutral to base-rich soils, often associated with Brachypodium sylvaticum and Bromopsis ramosa. It is particularly frequent beside streams, along rides, in disturbed areas in clearings and on woodland margins, and as a colonist of secondary woodland. It is dispersed by its fruits, which adhere to fur and clothing. 0-370 m (near Nenthead, Cumberland).



World Distribution

European Temperate element; also in C. Asia.

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 981

Height (cm): 125

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Tussock-forming graminoid, may slowly spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1885

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 357

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.46

Weighted Changed Factor: -19

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (373d)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Peterken GF
1981.  Woodland conservation and management.