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Ornamental Grasses - Panicum

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Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue' - Switch Grass

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Common name: Coastal switch grass
Description:
warm season; spreading habit, easy to control
Foliage - blue-grey; narrow blade width; 105-135 cm (42-54")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 135-150 cm (55-60")
Conditions: full sun - to light shade; prefers sandy soil; drought tolerant; salt tolerant
Coldest zone: 4

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Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum

Common name: Switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 70-150 cm (28-60")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 90-200 cm (36-90")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone:
3

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Panicum virgatum 'Dacotah'

Panicum virgatum 'Dacotah'

Common name: Dacotah switch grass
Description:
warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 90-120 cm (36-48") in height
Flowers - Aug-Sept; cm (")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions; drought tolerant
Coldest zone: 3

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Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'

Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'

Common name: Hanse Herms switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - green/red tinged; medium blade width; 90-105 cm (36-42")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 175-250 cm (70-100")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions; drought tolerant
Coldest zone: 4

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Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Common name: Heavy Metal switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - upright; blue-green; medium blade width; 70-125 cm (28-50")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 4

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Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Common name: Northwind switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - upright; green; medium blade width; 100-125 cm (40-50")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 4

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Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

Common name: Prairie Sky switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - blue; wide blade width; 100-150 cm (40-60")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 125-175 cm (50-70")
Conditions: full sun; moist to dry soil, but can be floppy if grown too wet
Coldest zone: 3

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Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch' - Red Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Common name: Red switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - tinged with red; medium blade width; 90-120 cm (36-48")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; 120-140 cm (40-48")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 3

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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Common name: Red switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - green; medium blade width; tips turn a deep burgundy in the summer; 100-120 cm (40-48")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; tinged with pink; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 4

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Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Common name: Red switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - green; medium blade width; deep burgundy in the autumn; 100-125 cm (40-50")
Flowers - Aug-Sept; tinged with pink; 125-150 cm (50-60") tall
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 3

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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Panicum virgatum 'Sunburst'

Common name: Squaw switch grass
Description:
warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 80-135 cm (32-55")
Flowers - tan; 135-160 cm (55-62")
Conditions: full sun; prefers moist fertile soil, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions
Coldest zone: 3

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From our newsletters:

 

TIP
I have always liked growing Switch grass even though it can re-seed. Our particular seed variety (Forestburg), has medium coarse leaves and large plump seed heads (food for the birds).

TIP
When I cut my ornamental grasses off in late winter or spring, they create a
straw-like mess in the lawn. I've found that if I take a large bungie cord, stretch it around the grass about 2 feet up and then cut the grass, it works very well. It keeps the mess to a minimum and I can carry it away in one bunch. I have 50 grasses in my yard, so I need to make the chore as easy as I possibly can.

Julie Thompson in
Northeast Iowa