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Switch
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Panicum virgatum

 

Description:
Switch Grass is an easy to grow ornamental grass that will grow in just about any type of soil including moist and wet soils.  Note: This grass could invade natural areas. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 
Common Name: Switch Grass, Blunt Panic Grass, Red Switch Grass
Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum
Type: Ornamental grass
Soil Preference: This plant will grow in dry to moist soils or well-drained, loamy, sandy or clay soils with a pH of a neutral to slightly alkaline (6.8-7.7)
Light
Requirements:
Full Sun
Attributes: Naturalizing, attracts birds, suitable for cut flowers, suitable for dried flowers
Pests: none serious
Diseases: none serious
  Aster, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Catmint, Coneflower, Snakeroot, Stonecrop, Yarrow

Care:

Since it retains its form over the winter, it can be cut back in early spring or left to be overtaken by new growth.

Fertilize with Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, August 15th & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings.

Planting Instructions: Perennials
Info: Ornamental Grass

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'
Red Switch Grass
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer.  By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. A perennial substitute for Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’
Bloom Color: Purple/Red Shades
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 18"


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Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
Giant Blue Switch Grass, Tall Switch Grass
zones 5b-9a
 
Description:  This variety sports light metallic-blue foliage topped with giant reddish brown plumes giving off a golden inflorescence. 
Bloom Color: Red-Brown
Bloom Time: August
Foliage Color: Metallic Blue
Height: 60-84"
Spread: 36"


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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Switch Grass
zones 5b-9a
 
Description:  This grass bears stiff metallic blue/silvery foliage on a tight upright growing clump.  It is also easy to grow and will grow in most any soil including wet soils.  Nice yellow fall color too!
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Blue and silvery
Height: 48-60"
Spread: 24-30"


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Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'
Switch Grass
zones 4-9
 
Description:  A dark green, upright, rigid clumping selection of Panicum. The unique flower stalks are similar to an arranged bouquet placed in the center of the clump of foliage. Most of the seed heads are situated in the middle of the clump, rather than arching away from it like most other grasses. Fast grower.
Bloom Color: Tan Shades
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 60-72"
Spread: 24-36"


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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'
Switch Grass
zones 5b-9a
 
Description:  The metallic blue foliage fades to yellow, orange and red in fall.  In late summer airy plumes of amber brown top the clump.
Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: August
Foliage Color: Metallic blue
Height: 72"
Spread: 36"


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Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'
Switch Grass
zones 5b-9a
 
Description:  This grass not only has beautiful red fall color, but it retains this color throughout the winter.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24-30"


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Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'
Switch Grass, Red Switch Grass
zones 4-8
 
Description:  The foliage of 'Ruby Ribbons' emerges a blue-grey in spring, continually working up to deeper hues of ruby-red from mid summer into autumn. Flower spikes appear late summer and persist into winter, great for holiday arrangements.
Bloom Color: Tan
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Green and Red
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24-30"


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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Switch Grass, Red Switch Grass
zones 5b-9a
 
Description:  This bright red Panicum is bound to be very popular!   Color of foliage appears in June.  Red flowers appear in summer.  One of the shortest varieties available.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Green and purple
Height: 36-96"
Spread: 24-30"
 

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