Etymology: Panicum: from latin panus probably meaning "an ear of millet"
Plants: perennial, 3'-6' tall grass
Flowers: blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: full sun; dry, moderate moisture, to wet; prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FAC+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Grasses of Iowa: Detailed photographs, descriptions, maps Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food
Alberta Government: "The identification of certain native and naturalized grasses by their vegetative characters", S.E. Clarke, J.A. Campbell and W. Shevkenek. 1950.
(Publication no. 762 ; Technical bulletin no. 50). Drawings, descriptions. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.