Shenandoah Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

SKU
6388
Spectacular fall color distinguishes this native switchgrass. An upstanding grass with softer foliage in true green. By July dark red tones appear on the leaves, then whole plant turns a powerful burgundy in late fall. Flowers in late summer with plumes of airy panicles with a rose tint. Superior single specimen or mass for a drift of color. Equally at home in native and wild gardens, or in containers. Herbaceous. Full to partial sun. Fast growing to about 4 ft. tall in bloom, and 2 to 3 ft. wide.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationPAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide, in bloom.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasGreat upright grass for prairie and meadow gardens or for small patches within thematic wild gardens. Add a modern architectural twist by planting in rows and grids. Insert into native plant landscapes as well as traditional xeriscape compositions or plant in mass for a drift of almost year round color. Perfect near water gardens or terraced patios where the breeze causes the airy plumes to sway gracefully.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureStriking Fall Color

Easy to grow and adapts to most soil types; prefers semi-moist to wet soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, once established. Cut old foliage back and apply a general purpose fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.

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