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 more colorful. It is good food for livestock when young and is excellent for erosion control.
Switchgrass would be a wonderful addition to wildlife gardens. It provides shelter for small animals and food for many birds throughout fall and winter. Switchgrass is also an excellent grass to add to a garden or screening border; the clumps can reach up to 2 feet wide and look great planted in large groups.