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
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.
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
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall
Landscape usesRoadside planting