Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)

A seriously tough and adaptable grass. Able to withstand clay, sand, flooding, and drought. Tall, airy seed heads add a serene look to any garden or prairie, especially when they start to wave in the wind.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium
Height:    4 feet
Blooms:    Aug, Sept
Color:    Green, Tan
Spacing:    24″
Zones:    3-10
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

The seed heads on Switch Grass are light and airy, making them sway gracefully in the wind. Putting it in a large drift in the middle of a garden adds a serene vertical element to gardens.

Companion Plants

Meadow Blazing Star
Stiff Goldenrod
New England Aster