Scientific Name: Poa pratensis
Common Name: Kentucky bluegrass
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: Africa, Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Dense
Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Golf green, Lawn - sports field
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Spikelet, Green, Purple, Dark-red, May-Jun
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown, Jul-Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Habit thatchy; rhizomes strong and multi branched; stolons absent; leaf vernation folded, blade soft, smooth on both sides, V-shaped to flat, 1-4mm wide, two parallel pale lines on either side of midrib, edges parallel but then tapering to a boat-shaped and rounded tip; auricles absent; ligule 0.2-0.6mm truncate, small trichomes on back; sheath green and smooth, sheath slightly compressed. Field ID terms: boat tip, duller, smooth top.