Panicum virgatum, or switchgrass, adds an excellent multi-season texture to the landscape. Tall, vase-shaped clumps of upright grass topped with fluffy tufts of seed heads that turn purplish-red in the summer.
We highly recommend NOT cutting this beauty down in the fall as the birds will flock to this grass throughout the winter, and the blade clumps provide valuable habitat to a variety of wildlife. P. virgatum is the larval host plant for the Delaware Skipper and Dotted Skipper, as well as supports other butterflies and moths.
Source: grown from seed originally from Helia Native Nursery, western MA. Original provenance unknown.
Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: grass sun needs: full sun, part sun water needs: average, moist height: 3-6' plant spacing: 2' distance bloom time: July bloom color: green
good plant companions
asters, coreopsis, swamp rose mallow, dense blazing star, black-eyed Susan, little bluestem
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)