bulbous bluegrass
Poa bulbosa L.


Poa bulbosa is a perennial grass that can grow up to 7.8-31.5 in. (20-80 cm) tall. It has multiple common names but the most common are bird grass, June grass and Kentucky grass. P. bulbosa is native to Africa, temperate and tropical Asia and Europe.
Sheath slightly compressed, not sharply keeled and split with overlapping margins. Leaf blade parallel sided, from 0.07-0.15 in. (2-4 mm) wide, keeled, and v-shaped. Foliage is a deep green color.
Flowering occurs from May-June. Panicle is from 1.2-5.1 in. (3-13 cm) long, 1.18-3.15 in. (3-8 cm) wide and pyramid shaped. It is open with long branches. The branches at the base are in clusters of 3-5. There are 3-5 flowers per spikelet held on short, slender stalks.
The fruit is a caryopsis (dry one-seeded fruit).
Ecological Threat
P. bulbosa overtakes open fields, yards and roadsides.

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Taxonomic Rank

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

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
bulbous blue grass


Plants - Grass or Grasslike