Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1107

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain red
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-15-013:
Poa pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass


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image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_1

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle pyramidal or oblong-pyramidal, open, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_4735

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle's lowermost branches usually in a whorl of 5, naked below, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_5120

May    Iredell County    NC

Spikelets crowded, 3-5 flowered, lemmas copiously webbed at base, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.