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Panicum virgatum Squaw

Switch Grass, Panic Grass

Type: Perennials,Grasses
Height: Medium 3' (3 1/2' in flower) (Plant 30" apart)
Bloom Time: Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   [?]
Soil Condition: Normal
Flower / Accent: Not Applicable /
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Same cascading shape as Shenandoah on shorter statured plants. Deep burgundy fall color. Can be used as a nice small hedge that will shelter wildlife.

Panicum Squaw tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Switch Grass gets its name from the calming swishing sound produced with a gentle breeze. This tough ornamental grass is deer resistant, will grow near black walnut trees and even tolerates salt spray near the ocean. Finely-textured flower seed panicles open dark red and then turn beige in fall.

Features to Note:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Winter Interest
  • For a Sunny Spot
  • Web Only

Panicum General Information:

Panicum are strongly vertical grasses with good color. Best form is achieved in full sun, more open habit if given too much shade. Airy clouds of flowers provide winter interest and food for birds. Behaves just fine in the border, but can self seed in open boggish areas. Ideal grass for stabilizing slopes prone to erosion. Ornamental grasses are restricted from Oregon.

Panicum Plant Care:

Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back in early spring to 3-4" before new growth appears. Divide in spring only.

$9.95 ea.
(3+) $9.50 ea.
Spring 2014
Plant Code: PASQ