Grass Family (Poaceae : Paniceae)
Latin Name: Panicum virgatum
Value: Wildlife – fair to good
Livestock – good
This tall, robust bunchgrass is another of the important grasses of the “True Prairies”. The seedhead is large open panicle, opens with seeds borne on the tips of the branches. Large, flat leaves that have a triangular patch of hair near the base. This grass is strongly rhizomatous. The ligule is a dense ring of hairs. Forage value is good till the plant matures; all kinds of birds eat the seed. Will grow in loams and clay loam soils if the water relationship is good. Tolerates flooding for short periods.