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Panicum virgatum

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Panicum virgatum

  • Forms an upright, dense clump of medium-green foliage
  • Flat leaf blades are 30 cm long, branching from upright stems
  • Airy panicles rising above the foliage are reddish-pink changing to tan in the fall
  • Leaves turn yellow to red in autumn and tan throughout the winter
  • Bloom Time: July to fall
  • Flower Height: 140-200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 90-120 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

5

Height:

120-200 cm

Spread:

75-100 cm

Colour:

Pink
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Switch Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a moist soil, in full sun, is tolerant of a dry soil in partial shade and can be used for slope stabilization. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.


Panicum virgatum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Well-drained

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing
Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Cloud Nine Switch Grass

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Golden Oats

Panicum virgatum 'Strictum'

Panicum virgatum 'Strictum'

Tall Switch Grass