Native Herbaceous Perennial – Used for stabilization of coastal dunes, wind erosion control and reclamation of gravel and mine areas; provides food and cover for wildlife.
Coastal Panic Grass, Panicum amarum, a relative of switchgrass, is a robust biomass producer native to the United States. While other species of native, warm season grasses thrive on a wide variety of soils, Coastal Panicgrass prefers sandy or well-drained soils. It can also tolerate a degree of salinity. The biomass potential of Coastal Panicgrass cannot be ignored; therefore, it should be included in biodiverse polyculture mixes.
Habitat – Sandy shores, alluvium, fields, and banks; pH 5.0-7.59
Characteristics – A warm season, bunch grass with a deep root system; grows from 3’-6’ tall; 16” minimum root depth; full sun; high drought tolerance; moderate salt tolerance; blooms in September in the northern U.S.; October in the southern U.S.; bluish-green leaves.
Seeding Rate – 10 PLS lb per acre alone; up to 33% of a mix; approx. 325,000 seeds per lb
Varieties – State of Origin