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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’. Measuring in at just 3′ (2′ before blooming), ‘Cheyenne Sky’ forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer.

By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.

Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versitile from a design standpoint; it is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

One of the easiest ornamental grasses to grow in full sun. Does well in any soil from sand to clay. Cut back in spring before new growth appears.

Flower Color

Purple-red shades

Foliage Color

Purple shades

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Other grasses and full-sun perennials

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and Consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Unique red color

Bloom Time

Late Summer

Critter Resistance



Full Sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Early Summer/Fall