Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass is a perennial grass of short to medium height. Being deep rooted, it creeps extensively though the soil with a network of rhizomes. It has flat green leaves that grow in short tufts, its flowering stem reach 60-80cm with open branched heads.

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Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass (Poa pratensis) is a wide ranging grass, commonly found in meadows, pastures, verges and waste ground. Thriving best on well drained soils of an open texture where the rhizomes can develop. This enables it to withstand drought, heat and cold stress. It will also tolerant grazing and being trampled on, so will persist well in paths and heavily grazed pastures.

It can be sown at any time of the year when the conditions are suitable. In its first growing season it is slow to develop and forms small tufts only. Because of this particular reason, it is sown as part of a mix with other species providing supporting cover. In its second year it will spread by growth of its rhizomes to achieve maximum ground cover by the third year. Both its leaves and stems are highly palatable to livestock. The steady growth throughout the year makes it useful as a pasture grass and for the summer of hay production.