Poa compressa* (Canada bluegrass)

Introduced, cool season, long-lived bunchy sod-former able to grow in harsh sites including shallow infertile soils. Good palatability to livestock and wildlife. Useful for land reclamation and improvement of poor sites where more palatable and productive species are unable to establish.

AREA OF ADAPTATION

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial, long-lived

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Introduced

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 12-45 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Tolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Low

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 5.0-7.0


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 2,392,800

Seeding Rate: 1-2 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Reubens - Developed for improved seed production, early maturity and excellent adaptation to low moisture and low fertility growing conditions. Denser sod and regrowth than common Canada bluegrass. (Released 1974, source of ecotype: Reubens, ID)

Talon - Developed to have a taller, more erect growth habit, darker color and thicker stems. Recommended for use in western Oregon and similar climates. (Released 1995, source of ecotype: Aumsville, OR)