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Red Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Red tinged foliage becomes more dramatic in fall with burgundy seed heads.

Switch Grass was an important component of the Tall-grass Prairie that once covered much of the Great Plains. This selection forms an upright clump of green leaves with distinctive red tips appearing by midsummer. Airy heads of tiny reddish flowers appear in August, followed by amazing deep purple-red fall colour. Usually attractive in the garden all winter long. Flowers are good for cutting, fresh or dried. Trim back to the ground in early spring. Clumps are easily divided in spring. Drought tolerant once established.


Bloom Time:

Blooms late summer to fall

Mature Height:

31-35 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

4-9 Find your zone


Full Sun,Partial Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 65-75° F with high light days and 55-65° F night temperatures. Keep evenly moist, not overly wet or completely dry. Once actively growing feed at 50-75 ppm N with each watering. Generally finish in 8-10 weeks. Can shear up to 1/2 to increase fullness and control height in production .
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 45-60
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: High

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water lightly and apply a broad spectrum fungicide as a preventive measure.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Can be grown in a variety of soils, but prefers sandy loam soil in full to partial sun.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.