Genus: Panicum

Panicum

(Panicum)
PAN-ih-kum
Poaceae
Panicum is a large genus of from 470 to many more species of grasses from tropical regions worldwide, Europe, and North America. Some species have gray or purple leaves, and others have good autumn color. The leaves are very thin initially and then usually flatten out. Airy flowers are produced in late summer and fall; they are good for cutting and drying. Many species are grown as edible crops, such as millet. Use Panicum in a border or meadow.
Care:  Tolerant of most any soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained. Grow in full sun.
Propagation: 

Divide perennials from mid-spring to early summer, or sow seed in spring at 55° to 64°F.

Problems: 

Damping off, black ring, tar spot, rust, smut, leaf spots, anthracnose, sugarcane mosaic virus.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Panicum

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Bitter switchgrass
Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'
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‘Prairie Fire’ red switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'
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Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'
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'Shenandoah' red switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
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Switch grass
Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’