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Switch Grass

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$44.99
Bloom Season
Not Available,
Color
Green,
Height At Maturity
Under 10 Feet
Categories
Native Grasses
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Ships
Year Round
Exposure
Full Sun, Sun And Shade,
Exposure
Full Sun, Sun And Shade,
Usage
Drought Tolerant Plants, Ponds and Water Gardens,
Usage
Drought Tolerant Plants, Ponds and Water Gardens,
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Reviews (3)

  • 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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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Ships Year Round

Description

Switch Grass is a Versatile, Warm Season Perennial Grass

Switch Grass is a versatile perennial warm season grass native to nearly all of the United States excluding only the Pacific Northwest and California. This grass features a distinctive white patch at the base of the leaf as it attaches to the stem making it easily recognizable. The leaves have a bluish cast that can reach up to 2 feet long. It is a forming sod grass with a round reddish stem. An open spreading panicle helps to identify the seed head. A soil test before seeding is recommended to determine whether phosphorus and potassium are necessary. Nitrogen is not recommended before planting as it may encourage weed growth but may be warranted after it begins to produce. It is best not to add fertilizer to switchgrass since too much fertilizer can harm the plants. If the ground needs fertilizing then add the compost before planting to protect the plants.

The only real danger to switchgrass seedlings is grasshoppers. Dusting with plain, all-purpose flour will deter the grasshoppers without harming the plants. Switchgrass adapts well to differing climates, soils, and rainfall making it ideal for protection against soil erosion. The good thick bed is also perfect for grazing livestock and wildlife. Testing is going on in many areas as to the suitableness for a biofuel source. Burning switchgrass fields every 3 to 5 years will have to stimulate growth as well as control weeds and residue.

Switch Grass is a Versatile Ground Cover used for Erosion Control

It is a real grass, also known by the names tall prairie grass, thatch grass, Wobsqua grass and tall panic grass. It can grow up to 8 feet tall. Farmland has replaced much of its original range. It has multiple uses, including as a source of hay and straw, biomass for energy production, a versatile ground cover, and erosion control mainly because of its deep root system. Switchgrass also provided good habitat and protection for upland game birds such as pheasant, quail, and grouse.

The Panicum Virgatum grass, known as the Switch Grass, is native to the Midwestern United States and is most commonly found growing throughout prairies and flatland typical to areas such as Missouri. The grass grows in large clumps during the Spring and Summer and produces large amounts of foliage during June and July. This grass grew in USDA Growing Zones 5-9. Maximum heights at full maturity range between 3 feet to 6 feet right, and the Switch Grass achieves a maximum spread of up to 3 feet total. The blooming season lasts from the mid-months of Summer to February, and blooming produces bright flowers with a pink-shaded hue. 

  The Switch Grass grows best in wet soil, but the grass also grows quickly in dry soil as well. Furthermore, the Switch Grass best served by growing it with large amounts of exposure to direct sunlight. It is best to make sure the plant is not subject to excessive amounts of shade. Although the primary growth mechanism of the grass is through it's highly packed clumping, the Switch Grass also spreads by creeping rhizomes. 

  When grown under the most optimal conditions, the Switch Grass will be self-seeding.

Add Subtle Colors to Garden Problem Spots Using Panic Grass    Panic Grass (Panicum species) includes over 450 different types of tall grasses, including Hall's Panic Grass (P. hallii), Maidencane (P. hematoma), and Switchgrass (P. virgatum). Different versions of these grasses thrive in locations around the world. For example, Maidencane occurs widely in coastal regions of North and South America. Switchgrass has gained popularity as a decorative grass in gardens, but it also occurs naturally in many North American prairies.

 Impressive Variety  Different varieties of Panic Grass grow well in challenging terrains, such as rock gardens, deserts, or locations with heavy clay soils. This plant varies considerably in terms of its height and its physical appearance. Some species, such as Switchgrass, attain well over 6 feet at maturity. The hardiness and flexibility of different Panic Grass species make this plant an excellent solution for gardeners seeking hardy grasses to cover barren "problem spots" in rock gardens or other hard-to-mow sites.

 More Like a Grass Than a Flower  Some Panic Grass species produce a myriad of very tiny flowers. This pant resembles a grass far more than a conventional garden bloom. Its spiked stems help add light golden or green hues to landscaping. Switchgrass, in particular, has achieved popularity in erosion control programs and as an ornamental garden addition.

 

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