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Poa secunda
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One Sided Blue Grass
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Poa secunda

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About One Sided Blue Grass (Poa secunda) Poa secunda (variously known by the common names of Sandberg bluegrass, alkali bluegrass, big bluegrass, Canby's bluegrass, Nevada bluegrass, one-sided bluegrass, Pacific bluegrass, pine blugrass, slender bluegrass, wild bluegrass, and curly bluegrass. ) is a widespread species of grass native to North and South America. It is highly resistant to drought conditions, and provides excellent fodder; and has also been used in controlling soil erosion, and as revegetator, often after forest fires. Cultivars include 'Canbar', 'Service', 'Sherman', and 'Supernova'. Historically, indigenous Americans, such as the Gosiute of Utah, have used P. secunda for food. It was originally described botanically in 1830 by Jan Svatopluk Presl, from a holotype collected from Chile by Thadd us Haenke in 1790.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.4 - 3.3 ft (0.43 - 1 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-230' - 14460'

Annual Precip. ?
3.3" - 156.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 5.99"

Coldest Month ?
16.4° F - 59.1° F

Hottest Month ?
37.4° F - 88.1° F

Humidity ?
0.02 vpd - 42.79 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Fast, Medium, Slow

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sandberg Bluegrass, Canby's Bluegrass, Big Bluegrass, Alkali Bluegrass

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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