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Poa secunda J. Presl
Canby blue grass, Curly blue grass, Pine blue grass, Sandberg bluegrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Festuca oregona, Poa ampla, Poa brachyglossa, Poa buckleyana, Poa canbyi, Poa confusa, Poa englishii, Poa gracillima, Poa gracillima var. multnomae, Poa incurva, Poa juncifolia, Poa juncifolia ssp. porteri, Poa juncifolia var. ampla, Poa juncifolia var. juncifolia, Poa laevigata, Poa nevadensis, Poa nevadensis var. juncifolia, Poa orcuttiana, Poa sandbergii, Poa scabrella, Poa secunda ssp. juncifolia, Poa secunda ssp. secunda, Poa secunda var. elongata, Poa secunda var. incurva, Poa secunda var. stenophylla, Poa stenantha var. sandbergii
USDA Symbol: POSE
A highly variable, medium-sized bunchgrass with soft, pale- to dark-green leaves and flowering culms to 3 ft. tall; spikelets may be purplish on good forms. Bunches are usually 6 in. across. In dry conditions, leaves wither and go dormant.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Canada: ON
, SK Native Distribution:
n. to WA
& w. MT Native Habitat:
Open or partly shaded valleys, hillsides or deserts to 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Variable. Conditions Comments:
This species is similar to, & possibly not separate from, Poa canbyi. P. canbyi ranges from Yukon, s. to most of CA,
e. to Alt., Isle Royale, MI, WY
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff