Panicum questions

jbcarr(7 VA)February 20, 2005

I had a large border area where I was considering "Cloud nine", and "Heavy metal" as background plants. How hard are these grasses to work with? Specifically I am avoiding pampas grass because of its razor edges and huge root ball. I have also seen comments on spread by seedlings. It will be more of an informal border, and grazed on by deer if they like the plant. From my understanding, deer leave most ornamental grasses alone. Thanks

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Deer have never touched most of my grasses, including the Panicum. All Panicum virgatum is easy to work with: low maintenance, pleasing to the touch, heart-stoppin when in flower. They mix well with many perennials, including the smaller forms of Buddleia davidii Nanho series. They are not difficult to divide and take to transplanting very well, as long as you follow general rules of thumb for dividing/transplanting warm-season grasses.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2005 at 4:14PM
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YCunnington(Zone 5 Ontario)

Panicum has done well for me and has been problem free. I've grown 'Heavy Metal' for years, and have recently added 'Dallas Blues' and 'North Wind', which are great grasses. The former is very blue and the latter stands up straight like Karl Foerster's feather reed grass. I have infomation on these grasses at my web page.

Here is a link that might be useful: Panicum virgatum

    Bookmark   February 22, 2005 at 12:28PM
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Is it P. 'Dallas Blues' that "stands up straight like Karl Foerster's feather reed grass", or P. 'North Wind'?
I grow P. 'Heavy Metal' and love it as well. It does flop here in the late fall, but I shear it and bring bouquets to all my dried flower-loving friends, and keep some for ourselves through the winter.
It's also the first grass to come up here, by the ocean, in the Spring. Can't wait till it does that this winter!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 8:26PM
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YCunnington(Zone 5 Ontario)

'North Wind' is the one that stands up straight. I've got some nice pics of it that I've got to put up on my site this week.

Cheers, Yvonne

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 8:40AM
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