Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

This native grass is a warm season perennial that dominates the prairies. It grows tall and in clumps through underground rhizomes. It naturally turns a pale yellow color in the fall but some cultivars are known to be more colorful. It is a good food for livestock when young and is great for erosion control. Switchgrass would be a wonderful addition to wildlife gardens. It provides shelter for small animals as well as food for many birds throughout fall and winter. This is also a wonderful grass to add to a garden or as a screening border, the clumps can reach up to 2 feet wide and they look great planted in large groups.

Attracts: Delaware SkipperLeast Skipper,  and more

Color(s): Purple

Sun Exposure: Sun or partial

Soil: Fertile, well-drained

Average Height: 3 ft. - 6 ft.

Average Spread: Clumping

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 - 10

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