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Kentucky Bluegrass Poa pratensis L.

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Longevity:

Perennial

Palatability:

Very High

Winter Hardiness:

Good

Growth Habit:

Sod, Rhizomatous.

Drought Tolerance:

Poor

Cool or Warm Season:

Cool

Use and Comments:

Low-yielding, cool season pasture and turf; excellent quality, but low yields.

Distribution in U.S.:

Throughout North America; most important in the northeastern quarter

Height:

12-40 inches.

Round

Leaves:

Tip end of blade boat-shaped; median lines present on each side of midrib; no auricles present; small ligule; cross section of leaf blade V-shaped.

Inflorescence:

Open panicle; 3 to 5 florets per spikelet.


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Soil
Drainage:

Somewhat Poorly Drained

Fertility:

Medium

pH:
5.8-6.5

 
 
Seed
Color:

Light tan to brown

Shape:

Elliptical; sharp, pointed lemma

Other Characteristics:

Numerous veins or nerves on lemma

Pounds Per Bushel:

14

Seeds Per Pound:

2,177,000

Seeding Rate:

5-10 pound PLS per acre.

Seeding Date (Indiana):

Feb 1 -May 1 or Aug 1- Sept 15

Emergence Time (Days):

28

Optimum Germ. Temp. (F):

60-75

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For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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