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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£5.00

Loose clumps of grey-blue foliage and arching panicles of flowers in late summer and autumn. Suits a well drained soil in full sun. 1.2m.

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Panicum bulbosum

Panicum bulbosum£3.50

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 clandestinum

Panicum clandestinum£5.00

Quite different to the other Panicums, this has broad short leaves right up the stems with sprays of airy flowers in autumn. Lovely autumn foliage if the weather allows! Sun or light shade, 1m.

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Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum£4.50

An excellent clump forming prairie grass from north America. Height is dependent on soil type and moisture/nutrient availability but likely to be 90cm-1.8m. Autumn flowers and foliage colour.

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Panicum virgatum 'Cave-in-Rock'

Panicum virgatum 'Cave-in-Rock'£5.00

New to us from the USA, should be a tall grower.

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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'£8.00

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 'Kupferhirse'

Panicum virgatum 'Kupferhirse'£4.00

A compact form with greyish green leaves turning rusty red in autumn from the tips towards the stems. Clouds of red tinged airy flowers from August and good seedheads into winter. Ordinary soil in full sun. 90cm.

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Panicum virgatum 'Straight Cloud'

Panicum virgatum 'Straight Cloud'£5.00

New form with grey foliage and clouds of open flowers to ?1.5m in autumn. Drained soil in sun.

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