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Big bluegrass

Gramineae Poa ampla Merr.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a strong-growing perennial bunchgrass native in Western United States. Plants are up to 4 feet tall, with numerous basal leaves 8 to 16 inches long by 0.375 inch wide and a deep, fibrous root system. Stands are generally not dense, but the high production of palatable forage make this a very valuable range grass. It starts growth early in the spring and continues into fall. It is very useful for regrassing farm and depleted range lands. Mixed plantings of big bluegrass and legumes as alfalfa have produced high yields of excellent forage. It is easily injured by overgrazing. Seed is large in size and produced readily. Propagation is by seeding.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch