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Poa pratensis  L.
Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Height: 4-40 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July
Culms: Erect, slender, slightly flattened, glabrous.
Blades: Flat or folded, narrow, 2 to 10 inches long, to 1/4 inch wide, mostly glabrous; tips boat-shaped.
Sheaths: Conspicuously veined, glabrous or rough, lower 1/2 united.
Ligules: Membranous, entire.
Inflorescences: Panicles, 1.5 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide, pyramid-shaped; branches long, wavy, ascending or spreading, lowermost branches in whorls of 3-5
Spikelets: Crowded at ends of branches, 3-6-flowered, to 1/4 inch long, nearly as wide, flattened; glumes nearly equal; lemmas with tuft of silky hairs at bases; awns absent.
Habitat: Meadows, fields, open woods, overgrazed pastures, and disturbed sites.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Forage Value: Kentucky bluegrass provides good early-season livestock forage and withstands heavy grazing, but it is not drought-tolerant. Many wildlife species eat the seeds.
Comments: Strongly rhizomatous, mat-forming. Kentucky bluegrass often is used as a lawn grass. Its pollen causes late spring allergy symptoms.

Kentucky bluegrass inflorescence
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Kentucky bluegrass
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Kentucky bluegrass blade and boat-shaped tip
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