annual bluegrass
Poa annua L.


Poa annua is an erect or clump-forming annual grass that tolerates close mowing, or may reach 11 in. (27.9 cm) in height. It can also be identified by having light green grass with a boat-shaped leaf tip that resembles other lawn and turf grass species. This weed is very similar to Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis), but is much lighter in color and lacks rhizomes.
Leaves are light green in color, especially when compared to the dark green color of other closely related turfgrass species (for example Kentucky Bluegrass, Poa pratensis). Leaf blades are 0.5-5 in. (1.3–12.7 cm) long, 0.04-0.2 in. (1-5 mm) wide, folded in the bud and lack hairs on either surface.
The seed head is an open panicle, 0.75-2.5 in. (1.9-6.4 cm) long, and pyramidal in outline.
Fruit is an achene.
Ecological Threat
Poa annua is primarily a weed of lawns and turfgrass, found throughout the United States.

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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

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State Regulated List
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   Troublesome or Common weed in one or more crops

Most Troublesome / Most Common Agricultural Weed List
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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Poa
Subject: Poa annua L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
annual blue grass, walkgrass


Plants - Grass or Grasslike