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Witch Grass

Panicum capillare

Annual grass forms tumbleweed in fall; upland gamebirds & songbirds eat seeds; herbivores eat foliage

Note: current inventory of this product contains a small percentage of Pigweed (Negative Palmer)


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Panicum capillare, also known as Witch Grass, is a native summer annual grass that grows to about 36″. It prefers dry to mesic soil conditions.

Wildlife notes

The caterpillars of several skippers feed on the foliage of panic grasses, including Indian Skipper, Hobomok Skipper, Tawny-Edged Skipper, and Northern Broken-Dash; also larvae of the leaf-miner moths feed on these grasses. The seeds of panic grasses are an important source of food to upland gamebirds and granivorous songbirds. The foliage is occasionally eaten by rabbits and hoofed mammalian herbivores, especially when it is young and tender.

Forage notes

The seeds of Witch Grass have the capacity to pass through the digestive tracts of horses, cattle, swine, and sheep while remaining viable. Thus, these animals help to spread this grass into new areas.

Landscaping notes


Restoration notes

Habitats include disturbed areas of prairies (including sand and gravel prairies), limestone and sandstone glades, chert and granite glades, gravel bars near rivers, gravelly areas along railroads, fields, construction sites, and barren waste areas.


This plant is commonly used in the following mixes:

Companion Grass Mix – Dry, Companion Grass Mix – Mesic, Companion Grass Mix – Shade

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Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

3 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

Aug, Sep, Oct



Specialty Uses


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.