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Panicum virgatum Shenandoah

Shenandoah Switch Grass

  • »  Dependable and showy
  • »  Native
  • »  Narrow and upright form
  • »  Blue green foliage becomes tinged with burgundy
  • »  Small red flowers August
  • »  Attracts birds
  • »  Winter interest

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Dependable and showy, this native grass will become your favorite garden chameleon as its blades emerge in spring to form a narrow, upright, steely blue-green column of foliage that begins to add a healthy dose of burgundy red as late spring progresses into summer. By late summer, its foliage is dominated by the stunning red color that is further enhanced by light, airy, small red flowers that form an attractive, airy seed head in late August. You'll love its great color, its ability to attract seed seeking birds, and your ability to succeed with it in the landscape. 'Shenandoah' is a superb plant for grouping in sunny areas and even gives the winter landscape interest with its swaying brown, dried foliage.

Foliage Color
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Panicum virgatum Shenandoah

Easy to grow in average, medium wet to wet well-drained soil in full sun, though it tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry. Cut clumps back to the ground in early spring before new growth appears.