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Panicum virgatum var. spissum

Panicum virgatum L. var. spissum Linder


Poaceae (Grass Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often much shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: CT , DE , MA , MD , ME , NH , NY , PA , RI , VT
Canada: NS

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 Panicum virgatum var. spissum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Panicum virgatum var. spissum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Panicum virgatum var. spissum


Record Modified: 2022-11-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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