A robust perennial of scrub and woodland margins, hedgerows, pastures and meadows, river gravel, roadsides, railway banks and waste ground, on neutral or basic soils. It is also found along the banks of tidal rivers in places liable to inundation by brackish or sea water, and on slumping sea-cliffs. 0-430 m (N. of Alston, Cumberland).
F. arundinacea was formerly used in seed mixtures and is only a relic of cultivation in some areas. However, it appears to have become much more frequent since the 1962 Atlas, although it may previously have been confused with F. pratensis. It can persist in swards that are infrequently mown.
Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
2001. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 217. Festuca arundinacea Schreber (F. elatior L. ssp. arundinacea (Schreber) Hackel). Journal of Ecology. 89:304-324.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.