Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass
Green bladed foliage forms an upright mound that is topped by fine textured, pink tinged airy plumes in late summer and fall. Perfect for grouping in dry, well drained soil, this grass forms a great screen as plants stretch to nearly 6' when in bloom. Native birds love its seed and visit often!
- Native birds love its abundant seed
- Larval host for the Delaware Skipper & Satyrs
- Provides outstanding cover for native bees & birds
- Perfect for grouping and screening
- Thrives in poor, dry, well drained soil
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)
Switchgrass is resilient and uncomplicated to cultivate, boasting significant decorative qualities.
Adaptable to a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers sandy or rocky soils. Grows well in full sun to part shade.