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Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears' - Switchgrass (Photo: Piet Oudolf)

Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears' PP28518

Switchgrass

‘Purple Tears’ Switch Grass was found by Piet Oudolf in his garden, and is presumed to be a seedling of Panicum ‘Shenandoah’. The seedheads are stunning, starting with tiny reddish seeds in August which mature to shades of smoky purple and then tan as fall progresses. The green stems are upright and hold up well under winter conditions. Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’ is definitely one of the showiest Switchgrasses to grow.

Height

48 Inches

Spread

30 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender/Purple

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
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Qty Avail Description Future Crop
108 Panicum virgatum Purple Tears #3
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower
Fall Color - Attractive
Native
Rain Garden Plants
Winter Containers
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
Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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