Canada Bluegrass

Canada_Bluegrass_jpgThere are about 75 species of Bluegrass in the United States and about 200 worldwide.  The most well known is Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis). Poa is and ancient Greek name for grass or fodder. Canada Bluegrass is a weed of dry, sterile, usually acid soils of open woods, meadows and disturbed places.  It is good pasture grass in poor soil. Canada Bluegrass is sometimes mixed with Kentucky Blue Grass and planted as lawn grass.  This mixture does not produce a first class lawn; it is however, cheaper than Kentucky Blue Grass alone.

OtherCommonName:

English Bluegrass, Wiregrass, Speargrass

ScientificName:

Poa compressa

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized from Europe

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

15 inches

FruitingTime:

Late April to late August

Distribution:

Newfoundland to Georgia and to West Coast of USA~ Statewide in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Late April to late August

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Branches mostly in pairs, pointed upwards ~ Leaves pale ~ Stems dark blue-green, flat and broad, wiry ~ Spikelet blue-grayish green ~ Slender long rhizomes Consider the often quoted rhyme when identifying grasses: “Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have joints from their tips to the ground.”