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Switch Grass

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Panicum virgatum

Flower Description:

Flowering occurs in mid-summer. The tiny pink to reddish flowers occur on open, airy clusters called panicles. The flowers are wind pollinated.

Season BloomAugust - November
HabitatSwitchgrass is one of the dominant species of the tallgrass prairie, but also grows along roadsides where moisture is present. The rich, yellow-colored clumps last throughout the winter. Seeds eaten by ground-feeding songbirds and game birds; provides cover and nesting material. Larval Host of the Delaware Skipper. Deer Resistant.
Leaf DescriptionThe green leaves are about 1/2" wide and 18-24" long. Fall color is golden, fading to beige for winter.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun