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Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Kentucky bluegrass Description: Valuable pasture plant and food for multiple insects.

Habit: Vigorous, herbaceous, short to medium tall, cool season, sod forming grass.

Leaves: Basal, smooth, soft, measure 1/8-1/4 in wide and 6-12 in long with keeled tips.

Stems: Numerous in a tuft; grow 12-36 inches (30-91 cm) high.

Flowers: Non-flowering.

Fruit and seeds: Seed head panicles have an open-pyramid shape and produce numerous small seeds.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Found in agricultural areas, grasslands, disturbed, scrub, shrub lands.

Reproduction: By seed or rhizomes.

Similar species: Annual bluegrass (Poa annua).

Monitoring and rapid response: Mowing not recommended; Use of Glycophosphate herbicides most effective.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Invasive Species Specialist Group, the USDA PLANTS Database and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Common Name:

Kentucky bluegrass

Scientific Name:

Poa pratensis







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