Bluegrass • Poa \’blü-, gras\
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms.
Physical description: Perennial, short to medium-tall, cool-season, sod-forming grass that can grow between 1-3 feet in height.
Environmental factors: A common lawn grass that also grows
in prairies and fields, mountain grasslands, mountain brushlands, mountain meadows, and open forests and woods; can also be found along roadsides and on dunes, campgrounds, golf courses, and ski slopes; was introduced to the U.S. from Europe.
- “Bluegrass.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bluegrass
- “Blue Grass (Poa).” Pollen.com. https://www.pollen.com/research/genus/poa
- “The Bluegrass State.” State Symbols USA. https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/kentucky/state-nickname/bluegrass-state
Did You Know?
Despite its name, bluegrass is green in color, although its stems are blue-green. It also produces bluish-purple buds in the spring, which make large fields of it appear blue. Early American traders referred to it as the “bluegrass from Kentucky”; today, Kentucky is known as The Bluegrass State.