- tall coarse clump grass
- fairly drought tolerant
- versatile soil requirements.
Blue panic (sometimes known as giant panic) is a tall, coarse plant with cane-like
stems growing to 2.5 metres under good conditions. The leaves are bluish, smooth and
rather tough in texture. The plant is very deeply rooted and expands by short, thick
rhizomes; the crown is strongly developed with swollen stem bases.
Blue panic is a vigorous summer grower, adapted to the 500-750 mm annual rainfall belt.
It is versatile in its soil requirements, growing well on both sandy and black cracking
clay soils, and has shown promise in the gidgee scrub areas of Queensland. It can be
frosted, but produces shoots quite early in the spring and at times when other plants show
moisture stress; it is also resistant to fire and to heavy stocking.
Little seed is available.