Panicum virgatum Prairie Sky

Switch Grass, Panic Grass

Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Tall 4-5' (6' in flower) (Plant 2-3' apart)
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower / Accent: Burgundy / Copper
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Selected for its improved frosty blue foliage and contemporary look, this Switch Grass was actually one of the primary components of the original tallgrass prairies of the Midwest. Strongly upright in full sun; will cascade slightly in part sun.

Panicum Prairie Sky supplies an ideal wildlife habitat providing shelter and food for songbirds. 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 and road salt.

Features to Note:

  • OK in Containers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Winter Interest
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Attracts Birds
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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. 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. Fast grower but late to wake up in the spring.

$8.95 ea.
(3+) $8.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: PAPS