Poa glauca 'Blue Hills' - Blue Meadow Grass

N/A in 2016

Sometimes a pretty blue grass comes along that isn't another fescue. 'Blue Hills' is just one of those. It has tiny, delicate, high arching flowers and pleasant blue-green leaves. This clump forming ornamental will look good anywhere the more familiar fescue is used and like the fescues, is also quite drought tolerant.

With Poa glauca 'Blue Hills' the greatest amount of impact can be achieved by large drifts through a seasonally damp meadow.

Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - blue-green; narrow blade width; 20-25cm (8-10")
Flowers - May, 40-50 cm (15-20")

Ideal conditions: open areas in sun or part shade; prefers ample water but is also tolerant of drought conditions

Zone: 2-9 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: Baptisia, Carex muskingumensis 'Little Midge', Sedum ellacombianum

Suggested uses: containers, border plant, specimen, drifts, groups, massed

Form: upright and arching

The species is native to: Arctic and alpine regions of most of North America, except for the south-east; worldwide in the Arctic

Season of interest: May to frost

Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once a week) further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 20-30 cm (8-12") why such a difference

Pronunciation: Poa (POE-ah) glauca (GLAU-kah)


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Poa 'Blue Hills' -
Blue Meadow Grass
Photo credit: Jelitto

from the USDA website: states and provinces where
Poa glauca is native