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Poa arachnifera (Texas bluegrass)
Simpson, Benny

Poa arachnifera

Poa arachnifera Torr.

Texas bluegrass, Texas blue grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: poar

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Texas blue grass is tufted, cool season perennial. Dense clusters of stems and leaves rise from long, slender rhizomes. A broad, dense seed head, with tufts of silky-white hairs, tops the 1-1 1/2 ft. culms. Leaves are usually much shorter.

This grass provides fair grazing for wildlife.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KS , LA , MS , NC , NM , OK , SC , TN , TX
Native Distribution: S. KS to TX; introduced e. to NC & FL
Native Habitat: Woodlands edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Loams. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: This Texas cool season native forms clumps with narrow blue-green leaves. In spring the showy 2-3 ft. fluffy silvery flowers rise above the foliage. Good in most well drained soils. Can tolerate some shade. A good groundcover unmowed or mowed. Unlike most grasses, male and female flowers are borne on seperate plants.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Attractive
Use Wildlife: Fair grazing for wildlife. Graze, Seeds-Small mammals, Seeds-granivorous birds, Nesting material
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Deer Resistant: High

Propagation

Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Bibliography

Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Poa arachnifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Poa arachnifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Poa arachnifera

Metadata

Record Modified: 2011-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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