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Panicum vergatum 'Shenandoah' - Red Switch Grass
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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Grass, Switch

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' is a very bright red Panicum, also known as Switch Grass. Foliage emerges bluish-green but rapidly turns burgundy-red by early summer to form a compact, narrow, erect, 3ft tall clump of foliage which is topped by reddish-pink flower plumes. Foliage and seed plumes turn beige in fall and provides good winter interest. One of the shortest Switch Grass varieties.

Additional:

Switch Grass was an important part of the tall-grass prairie that once covered much of the Great Plains. Species is a Missouri native grass on the MSD Stormwater BMP Native plant list and used in Surface Sand Filters, and Infiltration Basins & Dry Swale applications.

Grass, Switch Growing and Maintenance Tips:

A warm season grass that tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.

Height:

36-48 Inches

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Spread:

36-48 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Winter
Summer
Fall
Height
24-36 Inches
Attributes
Rock Garden
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Native
Border or Bed
Naturalizing
Focal Point
Foliage Color
Green
Red
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