SWITCH GRASS

Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum  is a perennial warm season bunch grass, a clump-forming perennial that produces narrow clumps of erect, bright-green leaves to be welcomed in almost any garden. During the warmer months, they have fine-textured, reddish-purple flowers which hover beautifully over the foliage. It binds loose soils and provides valuable wildlife habitat and makes a lush green border around your glass pool fence. Some like mass planting them in groups in either garden bed borders or pool areas because they provide texture, color and contrast. It’s also great for attracting butterflies and birds.

Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. You can also plant in part shade, but it’ll lose its upright form in too much shade and may fall over. One can plant in essentially any soil type, but it prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Expect Panicum virgatum to grow to approx. 6 feet high and 3 feet wide. We recommend spacing plants approx. 2′ – 3′ apart; this depends on their pot size.

SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Panicum ; Species: Virgatum; Plant Type: Grass; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Well Drained; Height: 3′ — 10′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: August — September; Bloom Color: Green, Yellow; Advantages: Erosion control, Forage production, Low maintenance, Nitrogen fixer; USDA Zone: 3 — 10; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Songbirds; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity; Plant Community: Recommended companion plants: Echinacea purpurea , Aster Rudbeckia laciniata & Cutleaf Coneflower.;