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    'Heavy Metal' Switchgrass has blue-green foliage that is very upright, with attractive seedheads appearing in July and lasting throughout the winter. One of the earliest Switchgrasses introduced to the trade like all the Panicums this is an important seed source to feed winter birds.  Selected by Kurt Bluemel.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Northwind' Switchgrass has green-tan seedheads above blue-green foliage with a very upright habit. Introduced by Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm in Wisconsin. Our favorite upright Panicum, and the perfect tall grass for tight spots. An excellent tan in the winter.  2014 Perennial Plant of the Year.  Bruce Neary of BCN Horticultural Services loves 'Northwind' because it never flops.

    PRN Preferred:  A reliably upright Panicum with very attractive blade color.

    Height: 72 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Shenandoah' Switchgrass has reddish-tan seedheads above reddish-green foliage with burgundy tips. The fall color is a burgundy-red, turning to a soft tan in winter. Selected by Dr. Hans Simon in Germany and brought into this country by the US National Arboretum.  Important food source for winter birds.

    PRN Preferred:  One of the shortest and showiest Panicums, with red blade tips in early summer.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Burgundy Bunny’ Miniature Fountain Grass has delicate green leaves which are tipped with burgundy. The short creamy seedheads are produced in July and last into the winter. Fall color is a bronzy-red. Good drainage is necessary for winter survival. Bred by Walla Walla Nursery and introduced by PlantHaven® Inc.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Cassian' Fountain Grass has light gold seedheads above fine green foliage. The seedheads are a little more colorful than 'Hameln' when they first emerge. Introduced by Kurt Bluemel. The winter foliage is a pale tan.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Hameln' Dwarf Fountain Grass has creamy white seedheads, above fine green foliage. This is the most well-known of the Pennisetums, and a real workhorse. Like all Pennisetums, 'Hameln' does best with good drainage. The thin leaves take on an ivory winter color.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Piglet' Fountain Grass is more compact than P. 'Hameln' and hardier and showier than P. 'Little Bunny'. 'Piglet' is a good choice for a really compact space. Seedheads are a soft tan, lasting into early winter.  Introduced by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Red Head' Fountain Grass has huge smoky burgundy bottlebrush seedheads above wide green leaves. Earlier blooming than 'Moudry' and showier. Selected by Brent Horvath from seedlings of P. 'National Arboretum'. It really turns heads when in bloom, and the winter foliage is attractive.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Karley Rose' Oriental Fountain Grass has very colorful rose-pink inflorescences over green foliage. 'Karley Rose' blooms all summer, with the older seedheads becoming a dark tan. This grass has an open habit.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 6

    Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum' has beautiful red inflorescences and burgundy foliage. Red Tender Fountain Grass is an annual that blooms for so long, and is so beautiful, that it is well worth replanting every summer. Use it for containers, or directly in the ground.  Formerly classified as P. setaceum 'Rubrum'.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 2 Feet
    Zone: 9
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