Poa Trivialis which is also known by the common names like Rough bluegrass or Rough-stalked meadow-grass is a perennial plant.
Overview of Poa Trivialis
• It is considered to be an ornamental plant in America.
• It is part of the Poa family.
• All through the England, this species is quite common in meadows and pastures.
• Moist and sheltered places are its common habitat.
• Its herbage is plentiful.
• It is also fairly nutritious.
• It is useful for grazing.
• It copes well with towns and cities atmosphere.
• It flowers from June on-wards all through the summer.
• It is considered to be an invasive species in the Great Lakes region.
• It was initially sighted in 1843.
• It bears short stolons.
• The leaves are broad and tapering.
• Its sheaths are found to be very rough.
• The leaves are shiny.
• It bears pointed ligules.
• These are about 4-10mm long.
• The stem is slender and rough.
• It grows to about 30 to 60 cm in height.
• It is also called Orcheston Grass.
• It is known to be infected by Grass Mildew Blumeria graminis which is a lead cause of white, powdery mildew on it.
• This is a food plant for the following caterpillars:
– Coenonympha pamphilus
– Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
– Gatekeeper Butterfly butterflies
– Common Sun beetle Amara aenea
– Eupelix cuspidata of the leafhopper family
– Myrmus miriformis a grassbug
Scientific Classification of Poa Trivialis
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. trivialis
• Binomial name : Poa trivialis
• 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.