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Common Name: Kentucky Blue Grass
Poa pratensis is a Perennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
Most of Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa, temperate Asia and N. America.
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[
Succeeds in any well-drained moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
A polymorphic species[
It can be grown in lawns[
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.
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.