Northern panicgrass

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Dichanthelium boreale (Nash) Freckmann

Common name(s): northern panicgrass, northern witchgrass, northern rosette-panicgrass

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaf blade is 5–13 mm in width

-spikelet 1.9–2.3 mm in length


– may be confused with D. acuminatum , which also occurs in wild blueberry fields; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed sites

-meadows and fields

-shores of rivers

Natural History:

-native to eastern North America



Go Botany. “Dichanthelium Boreale (Nash) Freckmann.” Dichanthelium Boreale (Northern Rosette-Panicgrass): Go Botany, 2021,