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Dichanthelium clandestinum [= Panicum clandestinum]

Deer-tongue Witchgrass, Deertongue

Scientific Name:

Dichanthelium clandestinum [= Panicum clandestinum]

Genus:

Dichanthelium

Species Epithet:

clandestinum

Common Name:

Deer-tongue Witchgrass, Deertongue

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Shaded to filtered woodlands, ditches and low areas, and often in moist sandy soil. Common in NC mountains and piedmont, uncommon in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Rosettes overwinter and make a good groundcover.
Global Rank G5?.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/dichanthelium/clandestinum/

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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