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Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
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Red Switch Grass


Switch Grass

The Panicums we’ve chosen are warm season prairie grasses native to North America. Resistant to heat, drought, and even extreme cold, Switch Grass boasts a cloud of inflorescences—a mystifying hologram of tiny red seeds that mature to black in late summer.

If grown en masse and not cut back until early spring, Panicums promise a lively winter show. After a frost, they stiffen and adopt the warm glowing color and soft rustling sound of wheat.

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ full sun

One of the best of the red Panicums, ‘Shenan­doah’ was selected from ‘Hänse Herms’ seedlings by Germany’s Hans Simon. The slender green leaves exhibit maroon hues in midsummer and, come September, are thoroughly transformed. Paired with Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’, the wine-infused theme is echoed, and backlit by the long light of late afternoon, the glow is ethereal.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (G-0091)
Each $9.25
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