Shenandoah Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Full sun, Partial sun
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide, in bloom.|
|Design Ideas||Great 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.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Salvia (Salvia); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Sedum (Sedum); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9