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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.