Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass


Panicum virgatum is a perennial warm season grass with a stiff, columnar, clump form that grows up to 3' throughout the season.  The green leaves turn yellow in autumn and then beige in winter and the flowers which appear in mid-summer are pink-tinged with an airy cloud-like appearance. The straight species of this tall prairie plant works great in native gardens. Plant a few for a nice stand.

Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Native Range: North America
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to February
Bloom Description: Pink-tinged
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Wet Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution