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:

 

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bisexual
Inflorescence a panicle, usually dense

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

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-15-013:
Poa pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass


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image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm200502_4560

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0564

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0568

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Lower lemma mid- & marginal veins finely hairy, intermediate veins hairless, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0569

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0573

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

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, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_4735

May    Catawba County    NC

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_5120

May    Iredell County    NC

Spikelets 3-5 flowered, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.