Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' - Switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' - Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' - Switchgrass

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Deer Resistant Bird Friendly Full Sun Part Shade
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Shenandoah's steely blue-green upright foliage slowly adds a dose of burgundy that increases as the season progresses. Late fall's stunning red color is enhanced by delicate, small red flower plumes that float above the foliage. Perfect for grouping in sun and ideal for attracting birds.

  • Compact form with showy red fall foliage
  • Great fall and winter interest
  • Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
  • 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.

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

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


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: 3-4ft. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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