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San Francisco Bluegrass
Poa unilateralis
About San Francisco Bluegrass (Poa unilateralis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Poa unilateralis is a species of grass known by the common names San Francisco bluegrass, ocean-bluff bluegrass, and sea-bluff bluegrass. It is native to west coast of the United States from Washington to central California, where it grows in coastal habitats such as bluffs and beaches in sandy saline soils. It is a perennial grass forming dense clumps of stems up to 40 centimeters tall. The herbage may be waxy in texture. The leaves may be thin and early-withering or somewhat fleshy and persistent. The inflorescence is a dense cluster of short branches bearing small, hairy-edged spikelets.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 15.1" - 77.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.23" - 1.97", Coldest Month: 33.2" - 51.5", Hottest Month: 55.7" - 70.4", Humidity: 0.01" - 17.64", Elevation: 4" - 6785"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Ocean Bluff Blue Grass, Ocean-bluff Bluegrass, Sea-bluff 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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