Poa Paludigena which is also known as bog bluegrass is a species of meadow grass.
Overview of Poa Paludigena
The other common names are:
– Marsh bluegrass
– Slender marsh bluegrass
– Patterson’s bluegrass
• It is considered to be a native of the northeastern United States.
• This is a perennial grass.
• It forms loose tufts.
• It has slender and weak stems.
• They are pale green in color.
• They can grow up to a height of 55 centimeters.
• It does not bear any stolons.
• It rarely has small rhizomes.
• The leaves are thin.
• They are about 2 millimeters wide and 10 centimeters long.
• The inflorescence is an open panicle.
• It has few small spikelets.
This grass grows in:
– cool wetland habitat
– wet meadows
– mucky spots
• It is not an aquatic plant.
• It is seen growing in very wet environments.
Other species in this type of habitat includes:
• Alnus incana ssp. Rugosa
• Calamagrostis Canadensis
• Cypripedium reginae
• Doellingeria umbellate
• Eupatorium perfoliatum
• Galium asprellum
• Geum rivale
• Impatiens capensis
• Larix laricina
• Onoclea sensibilis
• Polygonum sagittatum
• Rhamnus alnifolius
• Symphyotrichum lanceolatum
• Symphyotrichum puniceum
• Thelypteris palustris
They belong to Pooideae subfamily of the Poaceae family.
Lepidoptera whose caterpillars use Poa as its food include:
• Agriphila inquinatella
• Cercyonis pegala
• Poanes hobomok
• Poanes zabulon
Scientific Classification of Poa Paludigena
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. paludigena
• Binomial name : Poa paludigena
• 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.