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Smooth meadow-grass


Smooth meadow-grass (Poa pratensis) is a perennial grass which has creeping slender rhizomes and forms a loosely compacted tufts. It has been widely cultivated and now occurs as many different strains. It can grow to a height of around 10 to 90 cm. Leaves are green to greyish-green in colour. Sheaths are smooth, the lowest parts are compressed and keeled. Individual blades are abruptly pointed and quite short (up to 30 cm long). Panicles are pyramidal in shape.

Occurrence and spread

Smooth meadow-grass is widely distributed throughout the British Isles and can be found in a wide range of different habitats as well as on cultivated land. It prefers a well-drained soils - sandy, gravely and loam. It flowers in May to early July.

Control and management

A wide range of herbicides are available for controlling smooth meadow-grass. Seek advice from your BASIS qualified adviser.


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