Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)
- Summary of Invasiveness
- Taxonomic Tree
- Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature
- Distribution Table
- History of Introduction and Spread
- Risk of Introduction
- Habitat List
- Biology and Ecology
- Air Temperature
- Means of Movement and Dispersal
- Impact Summary
- Environmental Impact
- Threatened Species
- Risk and Impact Factors
- Similarities to Other Species/Conditions
- Prevention and Control
- Links to Websites
- Distribution Maps
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PicturesTop of page
IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Poa compressa L.
Preferred Common Name
- Canada bluegrass
Other Scientific Names
- Paneion compressum (L.) Lunell
- Poa compressa f. depauperata Millsp.
- Poa compressa var. sylvestris Torr.
- Poa langeana Rchb.
- Poa pallens Poir.
- Poa planicularis F.H.Wiggers
- Poa planiculmis Weber
- Poa polynoda Parn.
- Poa subcompressa Parn.
- Poa thurmanniana Montandon
International Common Names
- English: Canadian bluegrass; flattened meadow grass
- Spanish: poa comprimada
- French: pâturin comprimé; pâturin du Canada
- Chinese: jia na da zao shu he
- Portuguese: poa-chata
Local Common Names
- : English bluegrass; wire grass
- Canada: creeping Poa; smaller blue grass; Virginia blue grass
- Germany: Rispengras, Flaches; Rispengras, Platthalm-; Rispengras, Zusammengedrücktes
- Italy: gramigna compressa; ruba lana; strappa lana
- Japan: koichigotsunagi
- Korea, Republic of: jompoapul
- Netherlands: beemdgras, plat
- Russian Federation: mjatlik spljusnutyj
- Sweden: groee, berg-
- USA: flat-stem bluegrass
- POACO (Poa compressa)
Summary of InvasivenessTop of page
P. compressa (Canada Bluegrass) is a rhizomatous perennial grass species native to Europe and parts of Asia, which was introduced into the USA in the early 1800’s as the grass grew very well on poor soils. It is now widely spread throughout North America from Newfoundland to Alaska and all the continental United States except Florida and is present in all states of New England. It is also present in New Zealand where it is fully naturalised. Some consider it an invasive weed: it is present on a number of invasive plant lists in North America, and is banned in Connecticut (St John et al., 2012) and listed as invasive and “potentially of national concern” in Canada (Native Plant Database, 2015). It can reproduce by both seeds and rhizomes, can be spread long distances by cattle and deer carrying seeds, and establishes well in disturbed areas (St John et al., 2012). However, it is still sometimes planted in pastures, and used for erosion control on disturbed sites. P. compressa does not appear to outcompete other grasses unless on poor soil, but once established is difficult to eradicate due to proximity to native species.
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Spermatophyta
- Subphylum: Angiospermae
- Class: Monocotyledonae
- Order: Cyperales
- Family: Poaceae
- Genus: Poa
- Species: Poa compressa
Notes on Taxonomy and NomenclatureTop of page
Poa compressa is a member of the family Poaceae. It was one of the many species described in Species Plantarum by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Poa is Greek for fodder and compressa is Latin for flattened, named for the flattened stems which are only present in this one species in the genus Poa. One of the common names for this species is Canada (or Canadian) bluegrass, reflecting its early introduction to Canada.
DescriptionTop of page
The following description comes from the Flora of China Editorial Committee (2015): Perennials, strongly rhizomatous, shoots extravaginal. Culms wiry, compressed, erect, often geniculate at base, simple or sparsely tufted, 15–50(–60) cm tall, 1.5–2 mm wide, nodes compressed, 3–6, 2–5 exserted. Leaf sheaths compressed to keeled, smooth, uppermost closed for 1/10–1/5 of length; blades flat, 5–12 cm × 1.4–4 mm, surfaces smooth or adaxially scabrid; ligule 1–3 mm, abaxially scabrid, truncate to obtuse. Panicle contracted or slightly open, erect, narrow, 4–11 × 0.5–1(–3) cm; branches erect or steeply ascending, or eventually spreading, 1–3 per node, densely scabrid angled from base, longest 2–4 cm with spikelets moderately crowded from the base or in distal 2/3. Spikelets ovate-lanceolate, 3.5–5 mm, florets 2–4; glumes lanceolate, nearly equal, 2–3 mm, 3-veined, apex acute or thinly mucronate, keel scabrid, rachilla smooth or minutely bumpy; lemmas oblong, 2.3–3.5 mm, apex obtuse, keel shortly villous for 2/3 of length, marginal veins to 1/3, intermediate veins faint, areas between veins glabrous; callus sparsely webbed or glabrous; palea keels scabrid. Anthers 1.3–1.8 mm. Caryopses 1.5 mm long.
DistributionTop of page
P. compressa is native to Europe and southwestern Asia (Clark and Malte, 1913), but has now spread worldwide as an introduced species. It is widely spread throughout North America from Newfoundland to Alaska and all the continental United States except Florida (USDA-NRCS, 2015). It is also present and naturalized in eastern Australia and New Zealand (USDA-ARS, 2015). It is infrequent in China, and perhaps present only as an introduction here (Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015). USDA-ARS (2015) includes North Africa (Algeria and Morocco) in the native range.
Distribution TableTop of page
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.
|Continent/Country/Region||Distribution||Last Reported||Origin||First Reported||Invasive||Reference||Notes|
|China||Present, few occurrences||Introduced||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015||It is infrequent in China and is perhaps present only as an introduction|
|-Hebei||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|-Jiangxi||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|-Qinghai||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|-Shandong||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|-Xinjiang||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|Georgia (Republic of)||Present||Native||USDA-ARS, 2015|
|India||Present||Present based on regional distribution.|
|-Himachal Pradesh||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|Japan||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|Kazakhstan||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|Taiwan||Localised||Introduced||Jung et al., 2006||Found at Tatachia, Hsin-yi Hsiang, Nantou-Hsien|
|Turkey||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015||In European part, including Gökçeada|
|-Alberta||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-British Columbia||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, 2015||Only occurs in the south|
|-Manitoba||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-New Brunswick||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Newfoundland and Labrador||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951; Native Plant Database, 2015||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Northwest Territories||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Nova Scotia||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Ontario||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Prince Edward Island||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Quebec||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Saskatchewan||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|-Yukon Territory||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Native Plant Database, 2015|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||Widespread||Introduced||Invasive||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-Alabama||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Alaska||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951; Hulten, 1968; Klein, 2008||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-California||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951; Swearingen, 2009; Invasiveorg, 2015||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Connecticut||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015; Invasiveorg, 2015; USDA-NRCS, 2015||Habitat of abandoned or disturbed areas|
|-District of Columbia||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-Georgia||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Illinois||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Illinois Wildflowers, 2015||In every county of Illinois: usually found in areas of disturbed land|
|-Kentucky||Present||Introduced||Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2015; USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-Maine||Present||Introduced||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015||Habitat of abandoned or disturbed areas|
|-Massachusetts||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015||Habitat of abandoned or disturbed areas|
|-Nebraska||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015|
|-New Hampshire||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015||Habitat of abandoned or disturbed areas|
|-New Jersey||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-New Mexico||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-North Carolina||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-North Dakota||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-Oklahoma||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Oregon||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015|
|-Pennsylvania||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015|
|-Rhode Island||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015||Habitat of abandoned or disturbed areas|
|-South Carolina||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-South Dakota||Present||Introduced||USDA-NRCS, 2015|
|-Tennessee||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Hitchcock, 1951; Invasiveorg, 2015||Found in open ground, open woods, meadows and waste places|
|-Vermont||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015|
|-Virginia||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Swearingen, 2009; Invasiveorg, 2015; Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2015||Colonial National Hiistorical Park|
|-Washington||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Invasiveorg, 2015; Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council, 2015|
|-West Virginia||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Swearingen, 2009; Invasiveorg, 2015|
|-Wisconsin||Present||Introduced||Hoffman and Kearns, 1997; Invasiveorg, 2015|
|-Wyoming||Present||Introduced||Invasive||Swearingen, 2009||Yellowstone National Park|
|Albania||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Austria||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Belgium||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Bulgaria||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Czech Republic||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Denmark||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Faroe Islands||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Finland||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|France||Widespread||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2015|
|-Corsica||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Germany||Widespread||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2015|
|Greece||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Hungary||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Iceland||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Ireland||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Italy||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015||Excluding Sardinia and Sicily|
|Netherlands||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Norway||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Poland||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Portugal||Present||Present based on regional distribution.|
|-Azores||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2015|
|Romania||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Russian Federation||Present||Native||USDA-ARS, 2015|
|-Russian Far East||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015||Possibly introduced to central and eastern Russia|
|-Siberia||Present||Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015|
|Spain||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|-Balearic Islands||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Sweden||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|Switzerland||Present||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|UK||Widespread||Native||Not invasive||Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2015|
|-Channel Islands||Present||Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2015|
|-New South Wales||Present||Introduced||Atlas of Living Australia, 2015|
|-Tasmania||Present||Introduced||Atlas of Living Australia, 2015|
|-Victoria||Present||Introduced||Atlas of Living Australia, 2015|
|New Zealand||Present||Introduced||Edgar, 1986; New Zealand Plants, 2015||Naturalized|
History of Introduction and SpreadTop of page
P. compressa was introduced into Canada in the late 1700’s (St John et al., 2012) and into much of North America in the early 1800s (Clark and Malte, 1913). It was found along the Saskatchewan River in Canada in 1823 and at other isolated locations unfrequented by European explorers by the early 1800s (Oakley, 1910). It has since spread throughout almost all the continental USA and Canada. The spread in North America is thought to have been as a contaminant of Kentucky bluegrass (P. pratensis) seed (St John et al., 2012). It has been cultivated for pastures in poor soils (Hitchcock, 1951). It was introduced into New Zealand and is now fully naturalized (Edgar, 1986).
IntroductionsTop of page
Risk of IntroductionTop of page
The species is already very widely spread, but may be introduced to new sites for erosion control and low maintenance landscaping. Once introduced, it has the potential to spread into adjoining plant communities under ideal climatic and environmental conditions (St John et al., 2012). It is expected to appear in Heilongjiang because it is common on the Russian side of the border with China (Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015).
HabitatTop of page
P. compressa is unable to compete with other grasses on good soils and generally develops best on soils of low fertility or poor drainage. It has moderate drought and salinity tolerances but is not shade tolerant (US Forest Service, 2016). In the UK, Hubbard (1959) records it as occurring in poor, thin grassland, on dry banks, on waste ground, mostly on shallow, well-drained soils; also on old walls and ruins.
Habitat ListTop of page
|Terrestrial – Managed||Cultivated / agricultural land||Principal habitat||Natural|
|Cultivated / agricultural land||Principal habitat||Productive/non-natural|
|Managed forests, plantations and orchards||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Managed grasslands (grazing systems)||Principal habitat||Natural|
|Managed grasslands (grazing systems)||Principal habitat||Productive/non-natural|
|Disturbed areas||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Rail / roadsides||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Urban / peri-urban areas||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Terrestrial ‑ Natural / Semi-natural||Natural forests||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Natural grasslands||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Scrub / shrublands||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
|Arid regions||Secondary/tolerated habitat||Natural|
Biology and EcologyTop of page
Chromosome number is 2n=42 (St John et al., 2012).
P. compressa is apomictic (St John et al., 2012). Seeds germinate between 20 and 30°C and prechilling temperatures of 10°C increase germination rates. The US Forest Service (2016) indicates that it also needs light for germination. The species is reported as flowering in May to June in Canada (Native Plants Database, 2015) and June to August in China (Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015). P. compressa also spreads by rhizomes (St John et al., 2012).
P. compressa has C3 physiology.
Canada Bluegrass is adapted to wet sites but thrives on moderately acidic and droughty soils with poor fertility, including rocky outcrops and mountain tops (St John et al., 2012; Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015). In Canada, it grows best on clay or clay loam soil (Oakley, 1910; Clark and Malter, 1913). It is not very competitive on fertile soils. Seeds require direct light for germination (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015).
ClimateTop of page
|BS - Steppe climate||Preferred||> 430mm and < 860mm annual precipitation|
|Cf - Warm temperate climate, wet all year||Preferred||Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, wet all year|
|Cs - Warm temperate climate with dry summer||Preferred||Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry summers|
|Cw - Warm temperate climate with dry winter||Preferred||Warm temperate climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry winters)|
|Df - Continental climate, wet all year||Preferred||Continental climate, wet all year (Warm average temp. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, wet all year)|
|Ds - Continental climate with dry summer||Preferred||Continental climate with dry summer (Warm average temp. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, dry summers)|
|Dw - Continental climate with dry winter||Preferred||Continental climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. > 10°C, coldest month < 0°C, dry winters)|
Air TemperatureTop of page
|Parameter||Lower limit||Upper limit|
|Absolute minimum temperature (ºC)||-39|
RainfallTop of page
|Parameter||Lower limit||Upper limit||Description|
|Mean annual rainfall||300||1140||mm; lower/upper limits|
Means of Movement and DispersalTop of page
P. compressa has been deliberately introduced by man into new countries for use as a forage grass on poor soils, for controlling erosion on disturbed sites, and for low maintenance landscaping. It has also been spread by contamination of P. pratensis seed. Once introduced, it is spread effectively locally by rhizomes, and over longer distances through the numerous tiny seeds, dispersed by both wind and animals (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015). Cattle and deer can carry P. compressa seeds long distances (Klein, 2008).
Impact SummaryTop of page
Environmental ImpactTop of page
P. compressa may become weedy or spread from its intended growing area (for erosion control or landscaping) to adjoining plant communities and displace more desirable vegetation if not properly managed (St John et al., 2012). In Alaska, it is reported to have little impact on native plant communities or successional processes (Klein et al., 2008). In New England, it does not pose a large threat to undisturbed natural areas, but has potential to be a nuisance in areas recovering from disturbance, and could crowd out native species when it grows in dense clumps (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, 2015). Together with P. pratensis, it can out-compete native species for light and water in British Columbia (Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, 2015).
In trying to reestablish the Lakeside Daisy (Hymenoxys acaulis var. glabra) at the upland habitats of Lockport and Romeoville Prairies, Illinois, proliferation of herbaceous plants, including P. compressa, has shaded and/or outcompeted the daisy, making control of P. compressa and other introduced plants vital to this endangered species (US Fish and Wildlife Service, 1990).
Threatened SpeciesTop of page
Risk and Impact FactorsTop of page Invasiveness
- Proved invasive outside its native range
- Has a broad native range
- Abundant in its native range
- Is a habitat generalist
- Pioneering in disturbed areas
- Tolerant of shade
- Has propagules that can remain viable for more than one year
- Reproduces asexually
- Competition - monopolizing resources
- Competition - shading
- Highly likely to be transported internationally accidentally
- Difficult to identify/detect as a commodity contaminant
UsesTop of page
Clark and Malte (1913) reported that on poor clay soils, P. compressa grew better than the related pasture grass P. pratensis (Kentucky Blue Grass). Its’ early use was as a permanent pasture grass which thrived under close grazing. More recently, St John et al. (2012) state that the primary use is for controlling erosion on disturbed sites such as roadsides and mined land, heavily used recreational areas, and for low maintenance landscaping. The grass provides food for deer, small mammals and birds, which utilize both the seeds and leaves (St John et al., 2015; Illinois Wild Flowers, 2015; Native Plant Database, 2015).
Similarities to Other Species/ConditionsTop of page
P. compressa is very similar in appearance to P. pratensis (Kentucky Bluegrass) but is distinguishable by its flattened stems, which are found in no other cultivated species of the genus Poa (Clark and Malte, 1913). The leaves on P. compressa are not as broad and numerous as those on P. pratensis. Flowers in P. pratensis are in a panicle which is more pyramidal in shape, the lower branches being numerous at each joint. In P. compressa, the panicle is generally oblong, or narrowly egg-shaped (Clark and Malter, 1913).
Prevention and ControlTop of page
Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label.
In Canada, where P. compressa is an invasive plant of potential national concern, the recommended control method is cutting (Native Plant Database, 2015). While as a weed in agricultural settings it can be controlled by herbicides including tebuthiuron (Stroud et al., 1977), chemical control is not typically recommended in natural settings as the grass generally occurs in mixed stands together with native species (Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, 2015). Burning of young plants in late spring can be effective, but should only be undertaken with expert advice as the effects vary with timing and species composition (Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, 2015). Klein (2008) suggests a combination of mechanical and chemical methods, but warns that eradication efforts are likely to also damage coexisting species as P. compressa is often in close proximity to other plants.
ReferencesTop of page
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ContributorsTop of page
15/12/2015 Original text by:
Belinda Luke, CABI, UK
Distribution MapsTop of page
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