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Shenandoah Red Switchgrass

SKU: AM018241
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Panicum virgatum Shenandoah
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Mass Plantings, Container Planting, Privacy
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.


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.