Woodland Bluegrass

Poa sylvestris


Woodland Bluegrass is a native perennial grass that grows through much of Virginia. Bluegrass has green leaves, but its seed heads are blue if the plant is allowed to grow to its natural height of two or three feet. The genus name Poa comes from the Greek word for "fodder", and bluegrass is used extensively to graze livestock. Kentucky Bluegrass is the best known plant in the genus. Bluegrass music is named after a band called the Blue Grass Boys, which included Bill Monroe. The band took its name from a large portion of central Kentucky called the Bluegrass region.

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