Like fiber optics in the garden! Quietly the stems grow, forming tiny flowers which then give way to the seeds and “explode” into a wondrous, shimmery panicle of marvel! Not a fussy plant, this ornamental grass is great in the garden or container to complement colorful blooms, but is most fabulous as a cut-flower bouquet filler. Excellent for drying as well.
Botanical Name: Panicum sp.
Plant Dimensions: 16″–32″ tall
Variety Information: 3″–5″ green to silver panicles
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Cut Flower, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Seedlings look like other grasses; start indoors if you commonly have grassy weeds to avoid confusion.
Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 days
Seed Depth: 1/8″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing flower spikes that are fully opened. Stems last about 10 to 14 days in the vase.