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Bulbous bluegrass

Gramineae Poa bulbosa L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a cool-season bunchgrass believed native to Southern Asia and the Mediterranean Area. It is now found in nearly all temperate and subtropical regions. In this country it is grown mainly in the Pacific Area, especially Southern Oregon and Northern California. Its distinctive feature is that it forms small, true bulbs at the base and small bulblets in the panicle. It rarely forms true seeds but is propagated by planting the bulblets, which can be handled in harvesting and planting much as though they were seed. The stems reach to 18 inches high. Growth starts in the fall and continues through winter and spring in mild climates. It ceases when the bulblets form about mid-May.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch