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Panicum

True prairie grasses from North America, tight clump formers for drained soil in sun. Lovely late summer flowers and autumn foliage. Like Miscanthus they need to be cut back to near ground level in March.

Panicums (or Panic Grasses) are probably the second most popular genus of grasses that we grow.  They have many of the advantages of Miscanthus but are generally on a smaller scale and some would say less intimidating for a novice grass gardener!  Panicum mostly make neat clumps of more or less upright stems with their flower panicles on the top from late summer into late autumn.  Many forms, particularly of Panicum virgatum, have very attractive autumn foliage colour.

Not all forms will do well for every site.  Generally those with green leaves and red or purple autumn foliage, and those with grey leaves and yellow autumn foliage are the toughest.  We find that those with grey summer leaf and red or purple autumn foliage tend to be the weakest growers though they will still do well for some!

All forms we grow are winter hardy (with us to at least -15oC) and are perennial.

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Panicum amarum

Panicum amarum£6.00

Clumps of powdery blue-grey leaves on upright stems topped with arching heads of fine flowers in late summer. Well drained soil in full sun. 1.2m.


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Panicum bulbosum

Panicum bulbosum£4.00

A clump forming perennial grass with bulbous roots, greyish foliage and sprays of red tinted flowers in summer to 75cm. Drained soil in sun.


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Panicum virgatum 'Blue Giants'

Panicum virgatum 'Blue Giants'£5.00

Strong, tall plants with blue-grey foliage and stems topped with sprays of grey flowers in late summer and autumn to 1.8m. Drained soil in full sun.


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Panicum virgatum 'Carthage'

Panicum virgatum 'Carthage'£4.50

An upland type selected in North Carolina in 2006 as a restoration and forage plant. We are trying it as a larger mostly green leaved form with big heads of airy flowers in autumn. Potentially 2m+ tall. Good soil in sun, clumps.


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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'£5.00

A recent introduction with striking greyish foliage that turns purplish red in late summer with clouds of fine red flowers above. Clump forming for good soil in full sun. 1.2m.


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Panicum virgatum 'Diwali'

Panicum virgatum 'Diwali'£4.50

New to us, greyish foliage that turns a warm yellow in autumn. Sprays of fine reddish flowers to ?1.5m in late summer and autumn. Best in full sun.


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Panicum virgatum 'Forestburg'

Panicum virgatum 'Forestburg'£4.50

Upright columns of greyish foliage topped with open panicles (flower heads) of red tinted flowers in late summer and autumn. Average soil in full sun. 1.2m.


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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'£4.50

Leaden grey foliage tinted purple/red. Very strict growth to 60cm.


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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'£4.50

Bright blue-grey foliage and reddish flowers to 1.2m. Choice.


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Panicum virgatum 'Rehbraun'

Panicum virgatum 'Rehbraun'£4.50

A slightly unusual form in that this has greyish green foliage with bright rusty red autumn colour on the upright clumps to 1m. Sprays of reddish flowers from late summer. Decent soil in full sun.


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