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Red Switch Grass ‘Shenandoah’ (Panicum virgatum)

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USDA Zone: 4-9

Switch Grass was an important component of the Tall-grass Prairie that once covered much of the Great Plains. This selection forms an upright clump of green leaves with distinctive red tips appearing by midsummer. Airy heads of tiny reddish flowers appear in August, followed by amazing deep purple-red fall colour. Usually attractive in the garden all winter long. Flowers are good for cutting, fresh or dried. Trim back to the ground in early spring. Clumps are easily divided in spring. Drought tolerant once established.


Sun Exposure 
  Full Sun

Soil Type 
  Normal or
  Sandy or

Soil pH 
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture 
  Average or
  Dry or

Care Level 


Flower Colour 

Blooming Time 
  Late Summer  
  Early Fall  
  Mid Fall 

Foliage Color 
  Deep Green  
  Purple Black 

Plant Uses & Characteristics 
  Accent: Good Texture/Form  
  Cut Flower  
  Deer Resistant  
  Dried Flower  
  Drought Tolerant  
  Wild Flower 

Flower Head Size 

   80-90 cm  
   31-35 inches

   75-90 cm  
   29-35 inches

Foot Traffic 
Growth Rate 

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