Switchgrass

picture of switchgrassPanicum sp.

Family:
Poaceae

Lifecycle:
Perennial

Native or Introduced:
Native

Nutrient Removal Rating:
Medium-High

Wildlife Value:
Low

Invasiveness:
Medium

Rooted or Floating:
Rooted

Site Requirements:
Full sun

Maximum Water Depth:
12 inches

Plant Description:
Members of this genus can be annual or perennial. Stems may be as tall as 120 inches. Generally, members of this genus are herbaceous but sometimes they can be almost woody. Inflorescences can be terminal and/or axillary.

There is great diversity of habitat within Panicum. As a result, some plants may tolerate standing water while others are better adapted to growth on the banks of streams or ponds.


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