Panicum virgatum

Switch grass. One of the original constituents of North America’s tall and short grass prairies. Durable and versatile warm season grass with attractive flowers and colorful fall foliage. Clumping form with large, ribbon-like leaves to 5’ tall. Bright green to blue leaves have a reddish tinge during the summer months, turning yellow in fall. Open panicles hold lacy flowers which emerge pinkish, reddish or silvery, and mature to gold-brown or silver, persisting well into winter. Useful as a background for large borders, in containers, or massed. Best in full sun and most soils with regular watering. Winter deciduous, cut back in late winter or early spring. Hardy to below 0F. Pantropical to temperate North America.