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Poa Arachnifera is also known as Texas bluegrass

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Poa Arachnifera, also known as Texas bluegrass, is a species of grass.

Overview of Poa Arachnifera

• Botanists began experimenting in 1990s in order to produce hybrids of Texas bluegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.
• This was done to use as a drought-resistant lawn grass.
• It was also for the use as wintering foraging plant for grazing livestock.
• They are termed as “heat-tolerant blue grasses”.
• The seed manufacturers started its marketing in the first decade of the 21st century.
• This species of grass is native to U.S.
• Texas blue grass is tufted grass.
• It is a cool season perennial.
• It bears dense clusters of stems.
• The species have rhizomes.
• The leaves come from long and slender rhizomes.
• It has a broad and dense seed head.
• The seed head is with tufts of silky-white hairs.
• They are topped with hairs to one to one and half feet thickness.
• They have culms.
• Leaves are usually much shorter.
• It has fibrous root system.
• The leaves are arranged alternatively.
• The grass can grow up to a height of 1-3 ft.
• It is used as an ornamental grass.

It is distributed in US in:
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Illinois
• Kansas
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• New Mexico
• Oklahoma
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Texas

Its native habitat is:
• Woodlands edge
• Opening Prairie
• Plains
• Meadows
• Pastures
• Savannahs

Scientific Classification of Poa Arachnifera

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. arachnifera
• Binomial name : Poa arachnifera

Growing/Caring conditions

• This is an incredibly easily grown plant.
• It succeeds in well-drained soils.
• It prefers moderately fertile soil.
• It grows well in a sunny position.
• It can tolerate very acid soils.
• This plant is a very common garden weed.
• It usually does not require cultivation.
• This is an essential food plant for the caterpillars of numerous species of butterfly.
• It is seen growing in close cut lawns.
• The seed drops very readily in the plant and hence is difficult to harvest.
• But this way the seed is spread effortlessly.
• It makes the flower even more difficult to eradicate.
• A lot of the species are very important pasture plants.
• They are used extensively by grazing livestock.
• Many of the Poa species are popular for gardens as well as for landscaping in New Zealand.

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