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Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
5-9
3-6'
2-3'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Upright, clumping
Flower
Perennial

Wand Panic Grass

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
July-February
Violet/ pinkish
Winter attractive foliage
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Clay, Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Adaptable to most soils
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Dry to moist prairies, open woods, rocky bluffs, stream banks, sand dunes
Almost all of the US except California, Oregon, and Washington
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Salt, Flooding, Drought, Clay soil, Black walnut, Erosion, Wet soil, Air pollution
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Salt, Flooding, Drought, Clay soil, Black walnut, Erosion, Wet soil, Air pollution
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Common sneezeweed,Summer phlox,Brown eyed susan,New York ironweed,Obedient plant,New York aster
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Dominant grass in tall grass prairies, provide cover for wildlife in winter

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