Switchgrass is a beautiful tall grass with bluish summer hues and purplish fall flower panicles that look like they're hovering like a cloud. Its blades turn yellow-orange in fall.
Switchgrass makes a great hedge or screen, and it can work in a garden as a tall accent.
With its High pollinator values, Switchgrass also provides nesting and structure for bees, and it is a larval host to Leonard's Skipper. Small mammals seek it out as a winter food source.
Switchgrass also responds well to early spring pruning.
For more on Switchgrass read our post here
- Latin: Panicum virgatum
- Height: 3-6 feet
- Spacing: 3 feet
- Light: Best in full sun
- Soil: Moist, occasionally wet or dry
- Bloom: Purple late-summer seed heads
- Landscape: Screen or accent, native or water garden
- Resistance: Deer, Black Walnut
- Native range here