Panicum amarum bitter panic grass Poaceae PAAM; Q, i (planted), j; R, c, ok;

 

Panicum amarum.Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Panicum amarum.Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database (Accessed 5/214).

Panicum amarum is a perennial C4 grass (Aliscioni et al.), stems 1-2 m tall, solitary or in small clusters, colonial from deep rhizomes, plants very waxy blue-green, ligule of dense white hairs up to about 0.3 cm long. 

Leaves alternate, elongate, to 50 cm long, 1 cm wide. 

Flowers dry, papery, spikelets 1-flowered, 0.5-0.7 cm, tip tapered; inflorescence 15-40 cm long, sparsely flowered, rather contracted, 1-2 short branches per node, secondary and tertiary branching common; blooming and fruiting July-Sept. 

Fruit dry, 1-seeded grain. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare: (NYS S3, U). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Sandy coastal areas, dunes, soil pH 5-7.5, tolerant of fire, drought, moderately tolerant of salt, intolerant of shade (USDA, NRCS 2010). 

Notes: Planted in grassland restorations.