Wooden Surface


Panicum virgatum

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)

SKU: 102933988629
  • details

    AVAILABLE IN 2022 1/2 quart pot
    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

  • special notes

    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)