Spreading Panic Grass

Spreading_Panic_Grass_jpgIn cultivated areas Spreading Panic Grass is often a weed.  Small birds eat the fruits.

OtherCommonName:

Fall Panicgrass, Spreading Witchgrass

ScientificName:

Panicum dichotomiflorum

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

to 4 Feet

FruitingTime:

Mid August to October

Distribution:

In New Jersey, statewide usually outside the Pine Barrens and frequently grows in disturbed sites

FloweringTime:

Mid July to October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Inflorescence to 20 inches long with many spiklets on slender hairlike branches ~ Leaves 4 to 20 inches long and narrow with a conspicuous mid-vein ~ Large round hairless stems ~ Sheaths often bent at nodes ~ Capable of rooting at the nodes ~ Spreading panicle, purple tint when mature, spikelet is yellow