Switch grass

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Switch grass - Panicum virgatum  'Shenandoah'

Common Name: Switch grass
Genus: Panicum
Species: virgatum
Cultivar: 'Shenandoah'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra') this grass starts off with green strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June and produces light airy flower panicles in summer. In autumn the foliage turns a spectacular deep burgundy. It likes full sun and unlike Imperata can cope with dry summers. Try it in small groups among taller grasses or against tall perennials.

  • Garden care: when it starts to look tatty lift and divide between mid-spring and summer.


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