Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'
Switchgrass

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Part Shade
DESCRIPTION
Switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'

A clump-forming grass that grows 4-5' tall with flower heads rising another 1' above the foliage, 'Haense Herms' offers steely blue foliage with red-tinged tips that become more prolific as the season progresses. Flower heads turn beige in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter. This bunch grass provides excellent cover and food for ducks, upland game birds, and songbirds.

BENEFITS
Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds
The Grass Family is an essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
Showy red foliage and compact form
Great winter interest
Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangements
Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including poor or wet soils
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Woodlands edge, breaks, fields, marshes, prairies and roadsides; Nova Scotia to Manitoba south to New Mexico and Florida.

Interesting Facts

Clumping grasses like this are also known as bunch grasses. Use these grasses en masse mixed with meadow shrubs to provide ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas and food for birds and insects.

GROWING TIPS

Grows easily in full sun. Plant in average to dry soil. Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide homes for over-wintering wildlife. Cut back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins. Plants will self-sow but are not invasive.

Mature Size: 4-5ft. Wide x 2-3ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 2-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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