Switch grass

Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Switch grass - Panicum virgatum  'Squaw'

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

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: August & September

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

A recent introduction, this is a deciduous fountain-like grass with red-tinted green foliage enhanced by sprays of pinkish flowers in July which form an airy cloud above the foliage. It's great for adding vertical interest and movement to a planting scheme especially in autumn when the foliage deepens to red-purple. The flower spikes gradually fade to buff as they mature and can last well into winter prolonging the season of interest in the garden.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground in late winter. Lift and divide congested colonies betwen mid spring and summer.


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