of the grass blade is removed. GCI Turf Type Tall Fescue. Glossary Auricle A short extension of the leaf blade that wraps partway around the stem. Japanese Forest Grass. Soft Leaf Tall Fescueâ¢ Late maturingâ¢ Softer leavesâ¢ More palatableâ¢ Better rust resistanceâ¢ Winter-hardy. If a regular drill is used, we suggest planting bi-directional. It is the most traffic and shade tolerant of any of the mentioned grasses. Festuca arundinacea, commonly known as tall fescue, is a cool season, long-lived, perennial, C3 species of bunchgrass native to Europe.