Shenandoah Red Switchgrass

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'Shenandoah' Red Switchgrass is a favorite selection of native prairie grass 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. Its a real showstopper year-round, with seed heads providing an important food source for native wildlife during the winter. (Panicum virgatum)
Zones 4 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Good For Hedge / Screen
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 36-48" tall , 36-48" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season.

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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Plant Information

36-48" tall (48-60" with plumes) x 18-24" wide. Fast growing 'Shenandoah' Red Switchgrass is one of the all-time favorite ornamental grasses. This native hybrid grass can be grown 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 for habitat and visual interest, and cut back in early spring.

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Associated SKUsAM018241
AM014371 (Plant - 3.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018181 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
AM018182 (Tray of 18) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Shenandoah Red Switchgrass
Botanical Name
Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Upright blade-like foliage that start out green with red tips then gradually turn to shades of red and burgundy. Turns brown in fall.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Dry Sites, Wet Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Good For Hedge / Screen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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