Poa secunda ssp. sandbergii (Sandberg bluegrass)

Formerly known as P. sandbergii. Short, cool season, drought tolerant, perennial bunch grass similar to P. canbyi but is more drought tolerant, less productive on favorable sites but more productive on poorer sites, and matures earlier in the year.

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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


Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.0-8.0


Seeds per Pound: 1,046,900

Seeding Rate: 4-6 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Boardman - Source Identified selection out of Morrow County, OR.

Hanford - Source Identified selection out of Benton County, WA.

High Plains - A composite of three accessions from across Wyoming, selected for initial stand and vigor, uniformity, and similar seed maturation dates. The broad genetic base of this germplasm selection broadens its adaptation into Montana, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and also the Pacific Northwest. This is the first varietal release of Sandberg bluegrass. (Released 2000, source of ecotype: Campbell, Natrona and Uinta Counties, WY)

Mountain Home - Drought tolerant, competitive and easy establishing. Useful on semi-arid sites for fire rehabilitation and wildlife habitat enhancement. Intended for restoration of former sagebrush/wheatgrass-type communities, especially in the Snake River Plain and the Northern Basin and Range. (Released 2011, Owyhee County, ID)

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Vale - Source Identified selection out of Malheur County, OR.