SCIENTIFIC NAME: Panicum virgatum
COMMON NAME: Switchgrass, Prairie Switchgrass, Tall Panicgrass, Thatchgrass, Wild Redtop, Blackbent, Virginia Switchgrass, Wobsqua Grass, Wand Panicgrass, Lowland Switchgrass, Tall Prairiegrass
BLOOM TIME: July, Aug, Sept
- Insects feeding on grass include caterpillars of several skippers, larvae of grass leaf-miner moths, gall flies, plants bugs, stink bugs, aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, leaf beetles, grasshoppers.
- Seeds are eaten by a variety of birds, including wetland birds, upland gamebirds, grain eating songbirds & Prairie Deer Mouse.
- Very young foliage of grass is edible to cattle & other hoofed mammalian herbivores.
- Grass remains upright during winter, often forms large clumps & providing good cover for various birds & mammals during this cold weather.