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Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

Cape Breeze Switchgrass

'Cape Breeze' was selected for it’s strong, upright habit and compact size. The airy, amber seed heads are produced earlier than other switchgrasses so you can enjoy them swaying in the breeze longer. And, they stay green until Halloween! Birds absolutely love the seed and the stems provide them with cover and nesting material. It is also a host plant for a wide variety of butterflies. The plumes are wonderful in fresh or dried flower arrangements. Vigorous but not invasive, 'Cape Breeze' is very drought tolerant once established, and untroubled by pests or diseases. It’s tough as nails but well behaved even in sterile soils and salty conditions. The perfect low maintenance guest for your garden. Introduced by North Creek Nurseries Nursery in Landenberg, PA.


North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery.

Benefits

  • Birds thrive on the abundant seed
  • Switchgrass is a host plant for many species of butterflies
  • Compact, upright habit, won't need staking
  • Drought and salt tolerant once established
  • Great cut flower, fresh or dried
  • Deer resistant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in average, medium to wet soils. It will even tolerate dry soil once established. Full sun to light shade is best. Try not to cut this back until early spring. It will proved much needed food and shelter for wildlife during the winter months. 


Height
24-30 in

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Spread
20-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Native to all of the lower 48 states except for Oregon, Washington and California.

Native Trivia

On average, birds eat approximately 1/2 to 1/4 of their body weight every day. For example, a 2 lb. cardinal, a seed-eating bird, would consume approximately 1/2 to 1 lb. of seeds per day.

Patent Number: PP24895

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Low Grasses
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Reptiles
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Forest
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Salt tolerant
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Alaska
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
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming