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Common Name: Switch Grass      Latin Name: Panicum virgatum      Size: 2 (min) to 3 (max)
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Panicum virgatum
Maximum Height: 3 feet

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Category: Grass
Genus: Panicum
species: virgatum
Size: 2 (min) to 3 (max)
Size Description:
Plant type: native American ornamental grass
Height x width: 2 to 3 feet tall
Growth habit: Upright
Foliage: Flat-bladed, upright, gray-green, glabrous, ½ to ¾ inch wide. Provides beige to brown color in the landscape during the winter
Flowers: Large, airy panicles up to 2 feet long, with purple flowers that turn beige
Culture: Better growth habit in full sun and moist soil. Flops in rich soil. Cut back to ground in late winter
Uses: Border, screen, cut flower arrangements
Propagation: Division, seed
Cultivars: ‘Heavy Metal’, right, features metallic-blue foliage, pink-tinged flowers and a more upright, columnar form.
‘Shenandoah’ by mid-summer the grass blades are colored green and tipped with red. In the fall the color intensifies as the entire plant turns a striking blend of reds and oranges.
Notes courtesy of Sue Trusty.
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Plant Images and Specimens
Location: Ault Park 5090 Observatory Circle Cincinnati OH
Specimen: 76
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Panicum virgatum
Location: east planting at Ault Park
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Direction: East
Season: Late Summer 2008
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Panicum virgatum
Location: east planting at Ault Park
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Direction: East
Season: Late Summer 2008
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