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Panicum amarum

Coastal Panicgrass

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Coastal Panicgrass is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass that supports wildlife throughout the year.

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Coastal Panicgrass is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass. The flowers become compact clusters of seed heads, September-February, offering an important food source for birds. Arching blue foliage adds color and texture to the garden landscape. Panicgrass prefers infertile, sandy loams and is salt-tolerant, making it a good choice for coastal yards. Use Coastal Panicgrass in borders, in meadows, or as accent plants. By not cutting Panicgrass or other grasses in your garden, wildlife will benefit from the cover offered by the thick blades that protect from predators and from changing temperatures. This plant can also be used to provide erosion control on seaside dunes and roadsides.

Wildlife Value: The seeds provide food for birds throughout the fall and winter months. The grass blades provide nesting material and cover for birds throughout the year.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Bitter Panicgrass

Plant Type: Grass

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Blue

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Birds

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Piedmont - P, Coastal Plain - CP

Grows in Special Ecoregions: Barrier Island/Coastal

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 3 - 4 ft

Spread: 2 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium