Panicum virgatum

Common name: Switch Grass

Native plant

Switch grass is a beautiful grass at all times, but it really comes into its own in late summer into winter. The 30” (plus or minus) seed heads will turn a lovely shade of yellow/orange and are held aloft by very stout stems that can support a surprising amount of snow. So fall and winter interest is very high with this plant. We have used it in grassy borders between homes where homeowners do not want to “plant” a fence, and it does the job nicely. It can become aggressive on wetter sites, but this can be desirable. Beware of the many, many selections of the Panicum genus because some of them do not hold their color well.  This plant is at home on the edges of moist areas of all kinds throughout the area. 


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Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic, Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period



Lightly compacted soils, Harsh exposure tolerant, New construction, Floodplain

General information

Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
1 Inches
Growth rate
Flower color
Yellow Orange
Fall color

Additional information

Loved by birds

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