Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)
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Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass

Clump-forming grass. Prefers moist soil, but is fairly soil- adaptable. Usually 3-4' tall, but can reach 6'. Spreads by rhizomes and requires competition. Foliage is green-blue in summer, golden or reddish in fall. Delicate, airy seed heads appear in mid-late summer. Food source for game and grazing animals. Butterfly larvae host plant.

Height: 4-6 ft
Width: 24-36 in
Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Time: July
Hardiness Zone: 3 TO 9
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Characteristics & Attributes for Panicum virgatum

Attributes

Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Fall Color

Attracts Wildlife

Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Wildlife

Critter Resistance

Deer Resistant

Plant Habit

Upright

Light Conditions

Sun to Part Shade

Native Plant Community

Dry Prairie
Mesic Prairie
Savanna

Bloom Time

July

Flower Color

Red

Flower Hue

Dark

Flower Height

4' to 6'

Flower Type

Panicle

Foliage Color

Green

Leaf Texture

Medium

Prune Time

Jan/Feb/March

Flower Form

Single

Growth Rate

Fast