<i>Panicum virgatum</i> 'Cape Breeze'<br>Switchgrass
<i>Panicum virgatum</i> 'Cape Breeze'<br>Switchgrass
<i>Panicum virgatum</i> 'Cape Breeze'<br>Switchgrass
<i>Panicum virgatum</i> 'Cape Breeze'<br>Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

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Deer Resistant Bird Friendly Full Sun Part Shade
Cape Breeze Switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' PP24,895

'Cape Breeze', with an upright habit and compact size, shows off in summer and fall with airy, amber seed heads that are produced earlier than other Panicums. Birds love the seed, cover, and nesting material it provides. Superb when massed, it's also a host plant for many native butterflies.

  • Native birds love its abundant seed
  • Compact, upright habit is perfect for massing
  • Easy care with great fall landscape interest
  • Drought and salt tolerant once established
  • A host plant for many native butterflies
  • An essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
  • Thrives in a wide range of conditions
  • Attractive in dried flower arrangements
  • Stunning when planted in groups

Native Range

Prairies and open woods of nearly all of the US with the exception of the west coast states.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts

Clumping grasses, like 'Shenandoah', are known as bunch grasses. Use them in groups mixed with meadow shrubs to provide an ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas, food and open travel lanes.




Prefers average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to 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. 


Mature Size: 24-36" Tall x 20-24" Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

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