Panicums – Identified

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Posted By: J Cline


This is growing near a pond and in pine woodland edge. It’s clumping. It has tiny hairs at the leaf. It has a white line on parallel leaves. Somewhat corn like. About to 10-15 flower heads per clump. Not terribly invasive. Flower doesn’t look like feather reed or Johnson Grass to me. No huge rhizomes. Help!!


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Looks like one of the panicums to me

    September 18th, 2019 at 12:52 pm
  2. James Patrick Cline Unregistered says:

    Thanks for your reply! Sorry that Google thinks I’m so Southern that I couldn’t have meant 5-7 foot TALL rather than y’all.

    I had eliminated it as anything native. I guess you would agree? I don’t know how it got where it is.

    September 20th, 2019 at 2:59 pm
  3. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Maybe a species in the Saccharum genus? If this is of the genus, without local location, it would be hard to narrow down which species this is. You could check the included link of the BONAP’s North American Plant Atlas map for species that listed in your state. For now check out some in the genus. Click on images to enlarge. Best wishes!
    Link for Bent-awn plumegrass ( Saccharum contortum syn. Erianthus contortus).

    September 22nd, 2019 at 12:08 am
  4. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link for Silver Plumegrass (Saccharum alopecuroides syn. Erianthus alopecuroides).

    September 22nd, 2019 at 12:10 am
  5. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    The BONAP’s North American Plant Atlas for Saccharum genus.

    September 22nd, 2019 at 12:14 am
  6. James Patrick Cline Unregistered says:

    Hi Laura. I looked at your link and that is definitely the plant. I tried very hard to indentify this plant. Thanks for your help. I’m trying to keep natives!

    October 4th, 2019 at 8:48 pm
  7. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Hi James, you’re welcome! I do appreciate the confirmed ID! Good luck & best wishes to your endeavor in gardening with natives plants James!

    October 9th, 2019 at 12:21 am

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