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Glaucous Bluegrass
Poa glauca
About Glaucous Bluegrass (Poa glauca) Nurseries Show All Photos Poa glauca is a species of grass known by the common names glaucous bluegrass, glaucous meadow-grass and white bluegrass. It has a circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout the northern regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is also known from Patagonia. It is a common grass, occurring in Arctic and alpine climates and other areas. It can be found throughout the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in many types of habitat, including disturbed and barren areas. This is a perennial bunchgrass growing small, dense clumps of waxy leaves and stems up to about 80 centimeters in maximum height, but often remaining dwarfed, no more than 10 centimeters tall. The inflorescence is variable in appearance, growing into a short or long arrangement of thin branches bearing spikelets.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2 - 2.6 ft (0.6 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1701' - 14137'

Annual Precip. ?
9.9" - 100.3"

Summer Precip. ?
1.26" - 3.60"

Coldest Month ?
17.4° F - 36.5° F

Hottest Month ?
36.2° F - 61.2° F

Humidity ?
1.30 vpd - 16.76 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy soils

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Glaucous Meadow-grass, White 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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