Panicum capillaire L.

witchgrass - Panicum capillaire L. 07AU02-06
witchgrass - Panicum capillaire L. 07JL17-01
witchgrass - Panicum capillaire L. 07AU02-01

characteristics

Annual with large open panicles with thin branches and tiny spikelets. Stems are easily broken and tumble with the wind, dispersing seed along the way. Could easily be called *purple haze*: when seen from a distance, patches of this grass in bloom have a purplish glow. Germinates readily in exposed soil, often filling in areas.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
A CW 0.6 SB S F-M-C DM X - - green-light yellow-pale maroon

habitat

Fields, waste areas, roadsides.

uses

Seed was a food staple of the Hopi Indians.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity