Plant ID forum: ID/Care Instructions

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Lakewood
Apr 6, 2017 9:19 PM CST
Hi. I recently bought a house in Connecticut and I've been trying to identify the various plants around the property in order to properly care for them. I have this one plant that I cannot identify and I don't know whether I am supposed to cut it down in order for it to regrow, or if it goes from it's current (winter) state to turning green again. Any thoughts or assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 7, 2017 12:37 AM CST
It looks like some sort of grass. It could be a perennial grass but the way its growing, it looks like an annual. You may have discovered the weed patch. Smiling

If you like its looks, cut it down to an inch or so and wait for it to re-sprout (that will only happen if its perennial), If you don't like it, pull it up.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 7, 2017 6:47 AM CST
It looks like an ornamental grass, I wonder if it is Panicum virgatum. I would do as Daisy suggests and cut it down to a few inches then when it is flowering, assuming grows back, we can try and ID it again. Grasses tend to be difficult to ID.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 6:56 AM CST
Hi Lakewood, Welcome!
I agree with Daisy, you can cut it down to about an inch and wait for regrowth to see if you like the looks. A couple of possibilities that come to mind:

Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus')
Or another variety of Miscanthus, we have lots listed in the database: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Also a possibility is Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')
Lots of other Panicum listed in the database also: https://garden.org/plants/sear...



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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 6:57 AM CST
LOL, I'm slow at typing ... thanks for adding your thoughts @sooby!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 7, 2017 7:20 AM CST
That happens to me too, Lin. Sometimes I think to check the "Preview" to see if anyone posted while I was typing but of course it's most often the times I don't think to check that it happens.

I have both Miscanthus of various kinds and Panicum virgatum here and the dead leaves of Miscanthus tend to have a more substantial look at this time of year and I think the remains of the flower heads in the pictures are more branched like Panicum. But it's hard to tell for sure from pics of last year's remains.
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Panicum looks more likely to me too.
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Lakewood
Apr 8, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Thank you so much for the replies. I saw the plant/grass when we were originally looking at the home back in the fall, and it was very nice. I'm hoping it does regrow. The feedback has been very valuable as I wasn't sure if these types of grasses needed to be cut down to regrow. Thank you again.

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