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Common Name: Desert Panicgrass
Panicum urvilleanum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California and Arizona. S. America - Peru, Chile, Argentina.
Sandy places in deserts and creosote bush scrub in California[
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
Seed - cooked or ground into a powder and used as a flour[
]. The seed has a mild flavour and can be used like millet[
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 in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.