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Poa secunda J. Presl
Canby blue grass, Curly blue grass, Pine blue grass, Sandberg bluegrass
Synonyms: Poa canbyi, Poa scabrella
USDA Symbol: POSE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: ON
, SK Native Distribution:
Cismontane CA to UT, n. to WA & w. MT Native Habitat:
Open or partly shaded valleys, hillsides or deserts to 5000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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 & CO.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff