Shenandoah Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

 

This ornamental switch grass cultivar features some of the best burgundy-red foliage of the many panicum cultivars currently available. Foliage emerges bluish-green but rapidly turns burgundy-red (by late June) to form a compact, narrow, erect, 3' tall clump of foliage which is topped in summer by finely-textured, reddish-pink flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud. Panicles turn beige as the seeds mature in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter. Foliage also turns beige in fall and provides good winter interest.

Water Needs: 
Moderate
Foliage Color: 
Red
Flower Attributes: 
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Long Bloom Time
Showy Flowers
Landscape Uses: 
Border
Container
Mass Planting
Garden Styles: 
Cottage
Modern
Traditional
Zen
Light Needs: 
Full Sun
Plant Types: 
Height: 
36-48"
Spread: 
36-48"
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Seasons: 
Summer
Fall
Special Features: 
Dry Areas
Fall Colour
Winter Interest
Growth Habits: 
Round
Upright
Cold Hardiness: 
Zone 5
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Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Will grow in part shade, but begins to lose its columnar form in too much shade, growing more openly and possibly falling over. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.

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