Maidencane

picture of maidencanePanicum hemitomon

Family:
Poaceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Introduced:
Native

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Medium-High

Wildlife Value:
Medium

Invasiveness:
Low

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun to part shade

Maximum Water Depth:
6 inches

Plant Description:
Maidencane is an herbaceous perennial that spreads through extensive rhizome growth. Stems grow to be approximately 2.5 feet in height.

Leaves are rough along the margins and measure 6-10 inches in length.

The inflorescence is a panicle up to 8 inches long. Small spikelets of flowers are contained in head-like structures.

Maidencane commonly grows along shorelines of bodies of water. It also grows in marshes and swamps.

Sources:

  • Audlbach-Smith, C.A., deKozlowski, S.J. 1996. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

 


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