Panic Grass is a dominant species of tallgrass prairie
Panic grass is a sub-tropical plant that grows widely in South America, Australia, Japan, and India. It has got a variety of names like Megathyrsus Maximus. Panic grasses, switchgrass, and thatch grass.
This type of grass is a dominant species of tallgrass prairie. Many associate the origin of this perennial grass with North Carolina. Plenty of it grows in North America, even at places where nobody cares for it. Woodlands, stream banks, and moist roadsides are some areas you can find this grass that also grow well in a warm climate.
Panic grasses grow to reach 3-4 feet to form a dense columnar foliage clump. It can reach up to 7 feet with flower plumes. The grass spreads slowly by creeping rhizomes to remain attractive all year round. The lush and palatable nature of the grass makes it a favorite feeding plant for cattle and sheep.
Panic Grass demonstrates excellent persistence on sandy soils
Subtropical grasses attract much interest from the people in southern WA. They demonstrate excellent growth potential and high production during favorable conditions. Persistence during an extended dry period increases their attractiveness. Panic grass responds quickly to rain after a dry spell. It also demonstrates excellent persistence on sandy soils, including on the deep pale sands.
Moist clay or sandy soils are conducive for planting the grass. Partial shade is also suitable when you do not feel that it must grow tightly. A bluish cast topped by pink-tinged branched flower panicles with a fine texture hovers over the grass foliage during summer. Flowers go to seed in winter, and they become a source of food for birds when left on the plant. The leaves turn to attractive shades of yellow-orange during fall and fade to light brown to persist through winter. The best time for pruning is late winter or early spring.
Megathyrsus Maximus is a versatile plant that grows and resists many conditions, including drought, air pollution, and erosion.