Alpine blue grass, Alpine bluegrass
USDA Symbol: POAL2
USDA Native Status:
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
DistributionUSA: AK , CO , ID , MI , MT , NM , OR , UT , WA , 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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Poa alpina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Poa alpina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Poa alpina
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff