Panicum virgatum


Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-4 (6) ft    Width: 2-3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant


Recommended Uses: Clump forming, suitable for planting toward the back of a moist wildflower garden.
Considerations: An aggressive grower. Plant where that characteristic is appropriate.
Propagation: Division of root mass.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant  
Larval host for tawny edged skipper.
Native Habitats: Riverine forests, flatwoods, beaches, fresh and brackish marshes, disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Being cultivated as a biofuel. Seed.

Other Comments:

In the opinion of this author, this species has a weedy look.