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Panicum virgatum

Common Name(s):
Panic grass, Switch grass
Cultivar(s):
'Dallas Blues', 'Cloud Nine'
Categories:
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
Comment:

Bluish cast in summer; reddish fall color; fast spreading by rhizomes; vigorous. This plant is highly resistant to deer grazing.

Switchgrass is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow 3-4 feet and occasionally 7 feet. Foliage clump is topped in mid-summer by finely-textured, pink-tinged, branched flower panicles which hover over the foliage like a cloud.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: High deer resistance. Provides excellent cover year round. Host plant for Common Wood-Nymph and various skipper species of butterfly. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

Compare this Plant to: Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Light:
Sun to partial shade
Height:
3-7 ft.
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Upright
Form:
Moderate texture; dense, upright, open clump
Soil:
Tolerant of moist soil
Inflorescence:
Open panicles of dark red to purple in late summer and fall; shiny red seeds
Tags:
cover, seed, mammals, skipper, fall color, deer resistant, birds, resistant, deer, fall interest, host, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 647

Panicum virgatum Form
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Panicum virgatum Panicum virgatum
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Panicum virgatum Leaf blade attachment
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Panicum virgatum Inflorescence
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Panicum virgatum Panicum virgatum
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