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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Switchgrass

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Shenandoah's steely blue-green upright foliage slowly adds a dose of burgundy that increases as the season progresses. Late fall's stunning red color is enhanced by delicate, small red flower plumes that float above the foliage. Perfect for grouping in sun and ideal for attracting birds.

Benefits

Compact form with showy red fall foliage
Great fall and winter interest
Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
An essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs
Thrives in a wide range of conditions
Attractive in dried flower arrangements
Stunning when planted in groups

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring. 


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Prairies and open woods of nearly all of the US with the exception of the west coast states.

Native Trivia

Clumping grasses, like 'Shenandoah', are known as bunch grasses. Use them in groups mixed with meadow shrubs to provide an ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas, food and open travel lanes.


"In winter, when food and cover are scarce, switchgrass is a provider of both for birds like me."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Grassland
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming