Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms' - 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 bunchgrass provides excellent cover and food for ducks, upland game birds, and songbirds.
- Great winter interest
- Showy red foliage and compact form
- Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangments
- Provides nest sites, protective cover, and food for birds
- The Grass Family is an essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
- Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including poor or wet soils
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 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.
Grows easily in full sun. Plant in average to dry soil. Leave the 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 can self-sow but are not invasive.