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Kentucky Bluegrass

Poa pratensis

Scientific Name: Poa pratensis

Common Name: Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass (KBG) is a cool-season grass, meaning that during the warm summer months, its growth slows significantly. During extreme heat or drought, it turns dormant. However, it recovers quickly with irrigation. Pure KBG prefers full sun areas compared to other grasses that can grow in shaded areas. Typical KBG requires an inch of either irrigation or water every week to be able to survive. KBG is native to Europe and northern Asian regions. It has the greatest cold hardiness among all common US lawn grasses, which makes it great for northern cities that have warm summers and cold winters.