Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Panicum virgatum L. image
Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma           

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Robert W. Freckmann
Family Poaceae
Panicum virgatum L.
switch grass
Panicum: from latin panus probably meaning "an ear of millet"
virgatum: Latin for "wand-like"
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial, 3'-6' tall grass
Flower: blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: full sun; dry, moderate moisture, to wet; prairies; in sandy, loamy soil

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Drawing by Agnes Chase from Norman C. Fassett's Grasses of Wisconsin
Panicum virgatum L. var. cubense Griseb.
Panicum virgatum L. var. obtusum A.W.Wood
Panicum virgatum L. var. virgatum

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