Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Copyright: Fred Miller
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.
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Switchgrass is a Host Plant for:Least Skipper, Delaware Skipper, and more
Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade
Soil: Fertile, well drained
Average Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Average Spread: Clumping
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 to 10