Panicum virgatum

Plant Name Panic Grass
Scientific name Panicum virgatum
Family Poaceae
Location Salt Marsh
Flowering Period August
Identifying Characteristics Upright grass with seeds at end, about 5 feet tall (can grow up to 8 feet)



  • Grows up to 8 feet, though it is generally in the 5 foot range
  • Leaves are 1-3 feet long
  • Seeds are 3-6 mm long


  • Self-seeding crop
  • Deep-rooted, perennial, rhizomatous grass


  • Panic Grass can net up to 100 gallons of ethanol per ton, which is more efficient than corn. The entire plant is used to make fuel, whereas corn uses just the grain.

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