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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Also called Red Switch Grass


More About Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

  • Forms a dense clump of green leaves, slightly arching from upright stems
  • Pinkish, airy, cloud-like panicles shimmer above the foliage
  • Leaves turn an intense dark red in late summer from the tips downward
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Slightly slower growing cultivar than the species
  • 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:

60-90 cm

Colour:

Pink (deep)
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Shenandoah 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 'Shenandoah' Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow
Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Screening (privacy)
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Blush'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Blush'

Huron Blush Maiden Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Squaw Switch Grass