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Switch Grass (panicum virgatum)

Switch grass is a perennial, ornamental grass native to North America. It’s prized for its colorful foliage and plumage, which intensifies in the fall. Some of the colors you will see are green, blue-green, yellow, red and burgundy. The colors are particularly stunning when the sun shines through it.

Depending on the variety, it grow anywhere from 3 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. As with many ornamental grasses, switch grass looks best when planted en masse.

Switch grass is deer resistant, but attractive to birds and butterflies.

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  • Plant in full to part sun 
  • Provide medium water when first planted
  • Once established, it’s happy in moist or dry soil 
  • Cut back at the end of winter to make way for the new grass