Herb: Kentucky Blue Grass


Latin name: Poa pratensis


Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)



Edible parts of Kentucky Blue Grass:

One report suggests that it might be edible but gives no details. It is quite probably referring to the seed (which is small and very fiddly too utilize) but might be referring to the base of the leaf stems, which is eaten in one other member of this genus.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
May to
July

Habitat of the herb:

Meadows and grassy places, it is also found on dunes. Common and widespread in Britain, but it is only found on mountains in the south of its range.

Propagation of Kentucky Blue Grass:

Seed - surface sow in the spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in the spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Meadows and grassy places, it is also found on dunes. Common and widespread in Britain, but it is only found on mountains in the south of its range.

Medicinal use of Kentucky Blue Grass:

None known

Known hazards of Poa pratensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.