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Native plant of the month: Switch grass, Panicum virgatum - September 2021

The Acadian French name for this perennial grass is Caniche or paille jaune. This attractive plant grows 3-5 feet tall and prefers moist soil although it will tolerate many soil conditions. It is common in freshwater marsh, open pine forest edges and wet prairie. The bluish leaves are topped by large open panicles of seeds. It is an important source of cover and food for game birds including teal, ducks dove, quail, and geese as well as resident and migrating songbirds.



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