Go Back Shenandoah Ornamental Grass

Panicum 'Shenandoah'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Here is a plant that makes a stunning display for a remarkably long time, from mid-summer all the way through to late autumn. And, what's more, it will even extend its presence well into the frigid depths of winter! In spring, the foliage emerges just like any other upright growing ornamental grass. The leafy clumps sprout spiky, mid-to-dark green leaves that are really pleasant looking. Then, in summer, the magic starts to happen. Slowly, the tips of the leaves start to take on attractive shades of red. As the days wear on, this color intensifies and spreads through the outer leaves,gradually passing from burgundy, through tints of garnet, to deep-dark maroon. This slowly developing crescendo of wine colored foliage is unmatched by any other hardy ornamental grass. At the same time, the flower panicles lengthen, and slowly puff out above the leaves, showing off pinkish, feathery plumes that change as they mature, turning to deeper shades of red and eventually maturing to silvery-gray. The result is a display that is colorful, very long-lasting, ever-changing,stylish and elegant. Needs no staking or tying!


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

"Like most plants, it performs best in fertile loamy soils. But if it has to, it will tolerate a wide range of soil types: from boggy, clay or moist sites to sandy seashore ones. It will

Flower Color

Foliage Color

even tolerate periods of neglect at times, too. Is Not invasive.

Plant Spread

Emerges green changes red and continues deepening to an almost black/red

Good Companions

3-4 ft.

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone

3-4 ft.

Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes



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Critter Resistance

Clump form, Stream beds, Rock gardens , Drought tolerant



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