Switch Grass - 25 Plants $79.99

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Switch Grass - 25 Plants $79.99 Description

Switch Grass

Switch Grass is the common name for Panicum virgatum.

This grass has charming flowering spikes and colorful foliage that can change any moist garden into a piece of Heaven as an ornamental grass. 

It is an herbaceous perennial grass with many common names, including wild redtop, tall prairie grass, thatch grass, tall Switchgrass, and many more. It is one of the native plants of North America and widely grows in the warm season around the world. You can find them growing near any roadsides, brackish marshes, and open prairie soils.

The P. virgatum has several plant species that differ in their likings, heights, width, and tolerance to certain situations. This species has a wide range of sizes and grows from 2 to 12 feet in height, depending on their types. The upland types are shorter in length than the lowland types.

The green stems are cylindrical, dense, solid, and round while the leaves are narrow with an evident midrib. A prominent number of white hairs are present where the leaves arise from the side of the stem. The narrow foliage shows various pretty colors with the change each season from green and red to yellow and beige (during winters).  

Switch Grass thrives in wet soils in full sun with sufficient water

This long-lived prairie grass can grow in all types of lands, from deep to shallow, alkaline to acidic, and medium to wet soils. Still, the plant prefers land with a neutral or near-neutral (slightly acidic or alkaline) pH. The best plant growth happens in neutral yet wet soils.

Although this excellent plant can grow in any condition, rich acidic or alkaline lands with full shade do not promote better growth. The plant thrives in wet soils in full sun with sufficient water. It also grows in deep soils with partial shade, and once the plant is matured, it can also tolerate drought soil conditions. The plant can easily survive 2-3 weeks after getting proper water only once. Hard zones from 3-9 are favorable for the plant. 

Panicum virgatum has beautiful red flowering spikes which are tinged pink. The anthers are burgundy in color, while the seeds change several colors from red to pink and purple, then goodish brown (in fall). The flower clusters of tiny colorful spikelets make the plant look pleasing to sight. 

The tall prairie grass is a year-round plant and stays in the same condition in all seasons, including cold winters. As a warm-season plant, the growing season of wild redtop starts especially in summers, and they bloom in mid Summer to Spring. The root system of all species is very dense and consists of rhizomes. This clump-forming perennial multiply and reproduce through thick rhizomes.

It is a fast-growing plant that grows in almost every condition. Its several species like "Northwind," "Cloud nine," "Hanse herms," and "Blue tower" are widespread as ornamental grasses. It is a proper main grass of the United States as it stops the excess spread of other grasses. Another reason to buy this grass is that it helps control soil erosion.

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Reviews (4)

  • 4
    Switch Grass - 10 plants

    Posted by James Evans on Jan 23, 2022

    I have this planted in the moist area of my farm. It gives out a natural breath for birds and butterflies.

  • 5
    Switch Grass

    Posted by Micah Deeds on Aug 26, 2019

    Looks great in my gardens! Very pleased with this plant.

  • 5
    Switch Grass

    Posted by Andrea Wofford on Aug 22, 2019

    this looks great around the driveway

  • 5
    Switch Grass

    Posted by Alex Fieldsq on Aug 22, 2019

    looks great around the driveway


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