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Poa pratensis - L.
                 
Common Name Kentucky Blue Grass, Spreading bluegrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadows and grassy places, it is also found on dunes[17]. Common and widespread in Britain, but it is only found on mountains in the south of its range[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa, temperate Asia and N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Mian Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.

Poa pratensis Kentucky Blue Grass, Spreading bluegrass


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Poa pratensis Kentucky Blue Grass, Spreading bluegrass
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Physical Characteristics
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Poa pratensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Lawn; Meadow; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

One report suggests that it might be edible but gives no details[177]. It is quite probably referring to the seed (which is small and very fiddly too utilize) but might be referring to the base of the leaf stems, which is eaten in one other member of this genus.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Erosion control, Ground cover. Succeeds in any well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. A polymorphic species[17]. It can be grown in lawns[1]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in the spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in the spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Rich (for Michael Frankis) Tue May 8 2007
Found an error on this page: Range: Most of Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa, temperate Asia (delete North America, where only introduced, not native) Also the English name should be given as Smooth Meadow-grass: (not Kentucky Bluegrass, an invalid US renaming of the species only applicable to cultivated strains in the USA) Thanks, Michael Frankis

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