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Panicum virgatum 'Huron Solstice'
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Plant Type: Grasses

This grass is strictly upright from top to bottom, unlike 'Prairie Fire' whose leaves curl at the top. In late summer,deep purple panicles are produced.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 through winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versatile from a design stand point; it is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Panicum is native grass that is very easy to grow and is a good grass for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Growth is grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy. Panicum is wind and salt tolerant,making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.

Flower Color

Purple shades

Foliage Color

Blue green turns wine-purple in early summer

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Aster-New York {Aster novi-belgii} Black-Eyed Susan {Rudbeckia} Butterfly Weed {Asclepias} Catmint {Nepeta} Rose Mallow {Hibiscus}

Plant Height

4 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-9

Soil Moisture


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Container, Drought tolerant, Salt tolerant, Border, Cut flower or foliage, Mass Plant, Specimen

Bloom Time

Late summer,

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

Average and consistent water needs