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Kentucky Bluegrass
Scientific Name: Poa pratensis L.
Synonym: Phalaris japonica
Family: Poaceae
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa  pratensis)
Poa pratensis, Bilder ur Nordens Flora, Courtesy of project Runeberg
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-11,14-17
USDA: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eurasia, north Africa, probably naturalized North America

Growth Habits: Cool-season perennial grass, up to 6 inches tall (15 cm); blue green leaves

Watering Needs: Abundant water during the dry season, intolerant of drought, spreads by rhizome expansion

Propagation: Seeds, must be debearded

The Kentucky Bluegrass root system is quite superficial, and it does take very well either heavy traffic, or drying of the soil top layer. It is a good lawn grass for colder climates.

Poa pratensis, Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Misc. Publ. No. 200. Washington, DC. 1950.

Blooming Habits:
Greenish flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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