Red Switch Grass Shenandoah

Red Switch Grass Shenandoah, Panicum virgatum, Red Switchgrass



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Fast growing Shenandoah is one of the all-time favorite ornamental grasses. A hybrid from our native grass. (Panicum virgatum)

Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall (48-60" with plumes), 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Size Plant - 3.5" pot

Plant Information

This is one of the grand original grasses of our native tall grass prairie. And today, of all the cultivars of the native Panicums, this is one of the best. Shenandoah is unmatched for burgundy fall color, and in fact, is decorative all season long. In spring, the foliage starts out a bluish-green, and by mid-summer develops glowing burgundy red tips. By fall, the red coloring is complete. And like all switch grasses, the elegant, complex plume is highly decorative.

It tops out at four feet, up to five when in bloom, and can take almost any conditions from dry to wet--even salt spray--while being hardy from Zone 2 to 10.

According to some experts, Shenandoah is the best of the panicums, in fact, one of the best of all prairie grasses.

This decorative grass is wonderful in wildflower plantings, along driveways, anywhere you want a tall specimen of handsome grass and plumes.

Common Name Red Switchgrass
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 36-48" tall (48-60" with plumes)
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Winter Interest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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American MeadowsRed Switch Grass Shenandoah

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Great Plant - Lacks Color


from Queens, NY

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  • Easy care
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


  • Lacks Color

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors
  • Patio
  • Pool Area

Comments about American Meadows Red Switch Grass Shenandoah:

Good grower for a full sun grass, but I'm still waiting for the reddish leaves to develop which are suppose to happen when planted in full sun. Also, I needed to cut some branches that were heavy and spreading out from the bottom to give it the upright shape. So far, the plant looks good and I haven't harmed it with the trimming. Would still like to see the reddish tips as shown in the picture. Because of this, I'd have to say, I would not recommend the plant, but time may still tell!

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Great color and texture native grass


from Lancaster, PA

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  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest Resistant
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors


    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Erosion Control
    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Red Switch Grass Shenandoah:

    This warm season native cultivar is a shorter colorful version of other switch grass. Spreads slowly by rhizomes and is very maintenance free by having to cut down only once a year in early spring. Performs well in dry or moist conditions.

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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