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Common Name: Blue Panic Grass
Panicum antidotale is a Perennial up to 3.00 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to Nepal, and the Upper Gangetic Plain.
Found especially in desert regions in Pakistan[
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The plant has strong spreading rhizomes[
]. It has been experimentally planted for forage in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and California[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[
One report says that the plant is edible but gives no further details[
]. It is most likely referring to the seed[
The smoke of the burning plant is used to fumigate wounds and as a disinfectant in the treatment of smallpox.
The plant is said to be an excellent sand binder and is used for stabilizing soils[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week. Prick out the seedlings into trays or individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts[
Division of the clumps in spring.