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Shenandoah Red Switchgrass

 
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 4 - 9
Advantages
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Containers
Containers
Native
Native
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
Great for Mass Plantings
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season. Airy reddish pink plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU 11ORN

Plant Information

36-48" tall (48-60" with plumes) x 18-24" wide. Shenandoah Red Switchgrass is a selection of our native prairie grasses with gorgeous, colorful leaves. New growth emerges green with red tips. Gradually the entire plant turns to a rich burgundy color that appears to be aflame when backlit by the sun. Airy blooms appear in midsummer, hazy clouds floating above the leaves. It’s a real showstopper year-round, with the seedheads an important source for native wildlife during the winter. Grow as a mass planting or dotted throughout the garden or foundation bed for texture and movement. Panicum grows best in full sun, and can tolerate poor soils. Mix and match with other native perennials, such as rudbeckia, echinacea, and phlox. Leave to stand during the winter and cut back in early spring.

SKU 11ORN
Common Name Shenandoah Red Switchgrass
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Green
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season. Airy reddish pink plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Upright blade-like foliage that start out green with red tips then gradually turn to shades of red and burgundy. Turns brown in fall.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates Dry Sites, Wet Sites
Advantages Attract Birds, Containers, Native, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings, Hedge / Screen
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsShenandoah Red Switchgrass
 
3.5

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3.0

Great Plant - Lacks Color

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from Queens, NY

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Pros

  • Easy care
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Lacks Color

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors
  • Patio
  • Pool Area

Comments about American Meadows Shenandoah Red Switchgrass:

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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4.0

Great color and texture native grass

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from Lancaster, PA

About Me Professional Landscaper

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Erosion Control
    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Shenandoah Red Switchgrass:

    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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