Pine bluegrass also goes by the additional common names: one sided blue grass, Sandberg bluegrass, big bluegrass, Canby’s bluegrass, Nevada bluegrass, Pacific bluegrass, slender bluegrass, wild bluegrass, and curly bluegrass. The large variety of common names is indicative of the large distribution of pine bluegrass, which is native to North and South America, including about half of the United States, mainly in the West and Midwest. Throughout its range, the Poa secunda “complex” has highly variable forms and grows in a wide variety of habitats. In the Klamath-Siskiyou region it grows 1.5-3 ft. tall and flowers in late spring to early summer depending on elevation. Pine bluegrass is drought tolerant and prefers well drained sandy or loamy soil. The species occurs in full sun as well as in partial shade of open forests, woodland, valley grassland or upland prairie. Pine bluegrass is a strongly tufted perennial grass with erect stems. The mostly basal foliage is light to medium green, sometimes slightly bluish. Pine bluegrass goes dormant during the dry summer months. Native grasses like pine bluegrass are larval host plants for numerous butterfly species such as wood nymphs, ringlets, and skippers.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment needed. Sow outside in fall to early spring. Seed germination may be improved with 30 days cold-moist stratification.