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Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass is important prairie grass and a beautiful landscaping plant, lending a golden color to the autumn landscape. The solid upright growth produces a lovely cloud of airy seed heads in the fall. Quickly grown in various conditions, it tolerates both clay and sandy soils. It grows taller on fertile and clay soils, frequently reaching five or six feet.

The height is more likely to be at the lower end of its range on dry sandy soils. A stand of Switchgrass creates valuable habitat, providing food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Great for planting in meadows and naturalized landscapes, the rigid stems stand well in winter.

Height: 3'- 6'
Spread: 2’
Bloom: August-September
Light: Full Sun
Water: Low, Medium, High
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas

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