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Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum

Western panicgrass, Rosette grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum (Western panicgrass)
Smith, R.W.
This is a light-green, tufted grass, 1-2 ft. tall, with prostrate, widely spreading, leafy stems. The leaves are a broad, lance shape and softly hairy to the touch. The tiny spikelets are borne in upright, much-branched, airy panicles on threadlike stems. Rosette grass is a perennial.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye. The flowers of this grass genus remain closed and are self-pollinated.


USA: AL , AZ , AR , CA , CO , CT , DE , FL , GA , ID , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , MT , NE , NV , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VT , VA , WA , WV , WI , WY , DC
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: S. CA, n. to B.C. & Alt.
Native Habitat: Rocky or sandy river banks; moist rock crevices; below 4500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to drier soils.
Conditions Comments: Panic grass is good for a low-traffic ground cover.

Last Update: 2015-04-16