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Maidencane
Panicum hemitomon
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also margins or freshwater ponds and lakes.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium to large herbaceous grass.

Dimensions: Typically 2-4 feet in height; to 6 feet when in flower. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States north to New Jersey, west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marshes and swamps.

Soils: Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides cover for spawning fish. Larval host for clouded skipper (Lerema accius) and Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and divisions.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.


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