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Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Red Switch Grass)

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Shenandoah Switch Grass, Red Switch Grass

'Shenandoah' is an excellent ornamental grass for most landscapes, tolerating a wide range of soils and handling drought as well as ample irrigation. This grass has a strong upright form when grown in full sun. The foliage emerges blue-green in the spring, but develops wonderful streaks of red in the summer months. An airy cloud of red-pink flowers hovers above the foliage beginning in late summer, turning to beige as the seeds mature in the fall. Cut back annually, if needed, to maintain a dense form. Switch grasses are native to the Midwestern U.S.

Plant Type Native, Grass
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 4 (-30° F)
Flower Color Pink
Flower Season Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Fast
Height 5 (ft)
Spread 5 (ft)
Spacing 3' - 5' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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