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Panicum virgatum 'Huron Solstice'
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Plant Type: Grasses

This grass is similar to Panicum ‘Prairie Fire’. This grass has blue-green foliage that turns a deeper shade of wine-purple starting in early summer. 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 thru winter unless snows are heavy.

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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

Purple Shades

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Other grasses and full-sun perennials

Plant Height

4 ft.

Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and Consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Strictly upright grass

Bloom Time

Late Summer

Critter Resistance



Full Sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Mid/Late Summer