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Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass from Pleasant Run Nursery

Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass

Switchgrass or Panicum virgatum is a lovely native ornamental grass. Because there is a lot of variation in seedling populations, a number of wonderful variants have been selected and named (‘Shenandoah’, ‘Heavy Metal’, ‘Northwind’, ‘Purple Tears’ to name a few). Panicum virgatum handles a very wide range of soil and site conditions, and keeps its attractive habit well into the winter. Switchgrass is a very important food source for wildlife in fall and winter.  A popular winter forage for birds and bees that overwinter in the base and the dried foliage creates excellent nesting supplies for native birds.  It is also a food source for skipper caterpillars.

Height

40 Inches

Spread

30 Inches

Bloom Color

Ivory/Buff

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
0 Panicum virgatum #1 (NATIVE-bright green to red-purple) 640 mid June
25 Panicum virgatum #3 (NATIVE-bright green to red-purple) Seedheads
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower
Fall Color - Attractive
Native
Native - Straight Species
Rain Garden Plants
Winter Interest
Seedheads
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Moist
Sandy
Bloom Time
Fall
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Food Source for Wildlife
Tolerance
Black Walnut Tolerant
Clay Soil Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color
Blue/Blue-Gray/Blue-Green
Green
Grass Season
Warm Season
Companion Plants to Panicum virgatum
Aromatic Aster Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'
Aromatic Aster
Similar Plants to Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears'
Switchgrass
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Thundercloud'
Switchgrass
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Switchgrass