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Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'

Also called Red Switch Grass


More About Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'

  • AKA Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'
  • Forms a loose upright clump of arching green leaves on sturdy stems
  • This grass is topped with silvery-green airy cloud-like panicles in late summer
  • Leaves turn intense shades of red-orange, then burgundy in the fall
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 125 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

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:

4

Height:

100-125 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Burgundy
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Hanse Herms Switch Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

This grass grows in a wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant, once established. Grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.


Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms' Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing
Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'