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Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass (Poa Pratensis)

Key facts about Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

A Brief Description of Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

flowering heads of smooth stalked meadow grass poa pratensis

Please don’t be put off by the word “meadow”. We’ve chosen a variety of Poa pratensis that looks nothing like its agricultural cousins.  It does, however, share some characteristics.

Leaves are boat shaped and the roots are wonderfully robust. In fact, if your lawn gets lots of wear and tear, Smooth Stalked Meadow grass has a wonderful way of spreading its rhizomes and popping up new plants to fill in any gaps.

If it’s allowed to flower, smooth stalked meadow grass has wonderfully light, feathery seed heads.

Where to use Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

Mown short, Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass is a valuable addition to a lawn. If it is allowed to grow a little longer, this grass offers a source of food for the larvae of Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper butterflies.

You’ll find this grass species in our lawn grass turf AND in our species rich Meadowmat. This grass definitely improves the performance  both types of groundcover.

Benefits of Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

  • Perennial grass, proven to adapt well to almost any situation
  • Supports grass loving butterflies
  • Strong root system lends an element of self repair to lawns
  • Lovely feathery seed heads
  • Tolerates mowing well
  • Adapts nicely to a relaxed maintenance regime
  • Generally undemanding

Did you know?

That the scientific name for Smooth Stalked Meadowgrass comes from the ancient greek language. “Poa” means “fodder” and “pratensis” means “of the meadow.  Read more in this article