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Dichanthelium commutatum

Dichanthelium commutatum (Schult.) Gould

Variable Panicgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Dichanthelium commutatum var. ashei, Dichanthelium joorii, Panicum ashei, Panicum commutatum, Panicum commutatum var. ashei, Panicum commutatum var. joorii, Panicum equilaterale, Panicum joorii, Panicum mutabile

USDA Symbol: DICO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers (florets) inconspicuous. Bloom color refers to spikelets. Bloom time refers to fruiting period.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: rocky or sandy woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Loam, Sand

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dichanthelium commutatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dichanthelium commutatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dichanthelium commutatum


Record Modified: 2023-06-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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