Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)
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Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)

Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)

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Switchgrass, is native to all of the United States except California and the Pacific Northwest. It is a perennial sod-forming grass that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and can be distinguished from other warm-season grasses, even when plants are young, by the white patch of hair at the point where the leaf attaches to the stem. The stem is round and usually has a reddish tint. The seed head is an open, spreading panicle.

Shade Tolerance: Full Sun to Part Shade

Moisture: Dry to wet

Soils: Sand, Loam, Clay, Muck

Height: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Time: July-Feb

Color: Pink-tinged

Deer Resistant: Yes

Other: Drought resistant, Erosion control, Birds, livestock

USDA Plant Fact Sheet


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