Dallas Blues Switch Grass
Dallas Blues Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues' Plant Patent #11,202Item #0567 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Carefree and colorful native grass for multi-season beauty. Wide, powder-blue leaves backdrop large, airy reddish-purple plumes that emerge in early autumn and are stunning in cut arrangements. The seed heads persist to provide winter interest and food for birds. A showy accent, or plant in mass for dramatic effect.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat; less often, once established.Average Landscape Size:Upright clump of pendant foliage 5 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 23Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Upright clump of pendant foliage 5 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, WaterwiseFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedGarden styleContemporaryPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasA big bold grass to spot into a dull bed or border to add interest and animation. Outstanding generously integrated into wild gardens, meadow edges and prairies. Lush appearance is also suited to modern architecture in masses both irregular and geometric. Drifts and irregular clumps are ideal for rustic home sites.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Weigela (Weigela); Aster (Aster)
- CareCare InformationThrives in lean, sandy to clay soils but tolerates a wide range of moisture and soil conditions. May flop in overly rich soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Forms clumps; may slowly spread by rhizomes. Cut back to the ground in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat; less often, once established.
- History & LoreHistory:This species is native to North American prairies, woods and marshes except for California and the west coast. A component of the now lost tallgrass prairie. This cold hardy variety was selected by Ken and Linda Smith of Change of Scenery Nursery in Columbus, Ohio. This cultivar is noted for its superb gray to blue-green foliage, unusually large flower panicles, late flowering habit and rich winter foliage color.Lore:This grass is a vital component of the American prairie where a wide range of wildlife thrives within its dense thatch and feeds upon the foliage and seeds.