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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. 'Apache Rose' PP29142 (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Apache Rose' PP29142 (30)ct Flat

    Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose' PP29142 CPBR5651 (30)ct FlatPRAIRIE WINDS® CollectionCommon Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass Neither rain nor wind will knock this solid grass down! ‘Apache Rose’ has a dense, upright, columnar habit...

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  • Panicum v Blue Fountain PPAF 30ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Blue Fountain' PP28192 (30)ct Flat

    Panicum virgatum 'Blue Fountain' PP28192 (30)ct FlatCommon Name: Blue Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass Looking for a tall ornamental grass? This blue Panicum bucks the horticulture trend of shrinking plants by towering around 7’ tall. Even with...

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  • Panicum v Gunsmoke PPAF 30ct Flat

    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 v Niagara Falls PPAF 30ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Niagara Falls' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Niagara Falls' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch GrassNotably wide for a Panicum, 'Niagara Falls' is excellent for filling space in the landscape. This native ornamental grass that...

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  • Panicum v Red Flame PPAF 30ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Red Flame' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Red Flame' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Red Switch GrassA boldly colored grass with native roots, 'Red Flame' is primed to set your garden ablaze in late summer. This warm season grass emerges with blue-green foliage before turning...

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  • Panicum v Totem Pole PP29951 30ct Flat

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

    Panicum virgatum 'Totem Pole' PP29951 CPBRAF (30)ct FlatPRAIRIE WINDS® CollectionCommon Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass A mental image of a totem pole brings to mind a tall, narrow, majestic structure – the exact imagery to apply to this...

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