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poa secunda is a native grass in western North America stretching from Alaska to Northwest Mexico. Widely disjunctively, there are also populations of this species in Chile and Argentina. Habitats include saline and alkaline meadows, chaparral, foothill woodland, grasslands, sagebrush scrub and dry meadows; this grass thrives in rich clay-loam edaphic conditions, and even does well in rocky or sandy soils.

This shallow rooted perennial bunchgrass has an erect tufted growth form, and presents a blue-purple to glaucous appearance, attaining a height of one meter. Poa secunda is highly drought resistant and is useful for forage and for erosion control on disturbed slopes.

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