UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Panicum capillare

Common Name: 
witchgrass
Scientific Name: 
Panicum capillare L
Family Name: 
Poaceae (Graminae) - Grass Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle: 
native annual, reproducing by seed
Culms: 
upright to spreading, branched, very hairy
Growth Habit of Witchgrass
Growth Habit of Witchgrass
Growth Habit of Witchgrass
Leaves: 
blades dense hairs above and below, pronounced white mid-rib, rolled in bud; auricles absent; ligule fringe of hairs; sheaths hairy, somewhat compressed, open and overlapped
Sheaths of Witchgrass
Sheaths of Witchgrass
Sheaths of Witchgrass
Seedheads: 
panicle, dense, open, relatively large
Seedheads of Witchgrass