Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'
Showy Switchgrass

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Deer ResistantRain GardenPart Shade
Showy Switchgrass
Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

At 3-4’ Squaw is the perfect sized showy switchgrass for today’s smaller gardens. Attractive green foliage is topped with pink flowers in mid-summer. However the show really starts in the fall when foliage turns a dark, wind red. Easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. Deer and black walnut resistant. Great in the border or for an informal hedge that will attract birds and other wildlife. 

Great winter food source for songbirds
Showy pink flowers in late summer and autumn
Vivid wine red fall color
Easy to grow in full sun
Drought and salt tolerant
Provides cover for beneficial wildlife

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 to provide ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas and open travel lanes.


Cut back in spring before the new growth starts to appear, but after the cold weather is over. Cut back to about 3-4" from the crown of the plant.

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

Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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