Poa secunda ssp. canbyi (Canby bluegrass)

Formerly known as P. canbyi. Short, cool season, drought tolerant, perennial bunch grass with extensive shallow fibrous root system. Adapted to both shallow and deep soils and all soil textures. Highly palatable to livestock and wildlife. One of the first grasses to green-up in the spring. Useful as an early-season forage and for out-competing undesirable weedy spring annuals.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 14 in.

Annual Precipitation: 8-16 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.0-8.0


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 1,046,900

Seeding Rate: 4-6 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Canbar - This strain was selected for release due to its superior vigor, early spring growth and numerous basal leaves. Canbar is adapted to most soil textures but it performs particularly well on shallow soils. It is a summer-dormant/winter-active plant with good drought tolerance. (Released 1979, source of ecotype: Blue Mtns., WA)