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Panicum

Panicum (pan-ik-um) switch grass; Poaceae Family. Native to the United States and Canada. Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of Panicum are very sturdy, and will remain standing through winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This is very versatile from a design standpoint; Panicum is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.

Panicum is a native that is very easy to grow and is a good for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy.

It makes a dynamite, eye-catching plant when planted in masse. Panicum is wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.

Attributes: Border plants, Container, Cut flower or foliage, Drought tolerant, Mass planting, Rock gardens, Salt tolerant, Specimen or focal point plant, Deer resistant.

  • Panicum v. 'Totem Pole' 
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Panicum v. 'Totem Pole' PP29951 (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Totem Pole' PP29951 CPBRAF - Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental GrassA mental image of a totem pole brings to mind a tall, narrow, majestic structure – the exact imagery...

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  • Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental GrassA new nativar perfect for the late summer landscape! The seedheads on this moderately sized grass billow over the top of the habit. Wide, steel colored leaves densely pack...

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  • Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

    Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (30)ct Flat

    Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Blue Switch Grass Zone 4 to 9, Full sun Plants reach 5 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Perhaps the most upright variety of Panicum, the strong stems of 'Heavy Metal' never flop or lean,...

    $149.75
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