Blue Panicum

Panicum antidotale Retz.

Whole plant

Family : Poaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Introduced

Season : Warm

Blue Panicum is a native of India and was introduced to Texas as a forage grass. It is found growing in a variety soils, especially clay loam soils, of the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau. This tall grass can reach a height of 6 1/2 feet. The leaves have a distinct midrib and wavy margins. Blue Panicum begins growing in late spring and blooms from July to October. It requires fertilization and irrigation to maintain it’s growth. Blue Panicum has good economic value for wildlife and livestock but it can cause nitrate poisoning when grazed where fertilized.

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