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Poa alpina L.
Alpine blue grass, Alpine bluegrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Poa alpina ssp. vivipara, Poa alpina var. vivipara, Poa vivipara
USDA Symbol: POAL2
The short, stout, densely tufted stems are 4-12 in. in height with short blades and a compact, rounded to short-pyramidal, purplish seed head. The leaves of this cool-season perennial form a dense mat, providing good soil cover.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
, WY Canada: BC
, NS Native Distribution:
Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, s. to Que., n. MI
& the alpine summits of CO, UT, WA
& OR Native Habitat:
Alpine meadows; arctic regions
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff