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Switch grass is a warm season grass with deep, fibrous roots, making it an outstanding plant for erosion control and soil stabilization. Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.

Switch grass is a warm season grass with deep, fibrous roots, making it an outstanding plant for erosion control and soil stabilization.
Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 9 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Panicum virgatum

Switch grass

Panicum virgatum is an attractive, warm season grass with airy panicles. Primarily clump forming, this grass may naturalize by rhizomes and self-seeding to form colonies. Has a stiff, column-like form and reaches 3-6 feet tall.

This grass is outstanding for erosion control and wildlife cover. The deep, fibrous root system helps to hold soil in place, preventing erosion, while the height of the grass helps form a wind erosion barrier. The grass provides cover for many animals, including upland game birds and songbirds. Additionally, the seeds provide food for birds. 


Height:

3-6 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Bloom Color:

Green, Tan

Panicum virgatum Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • July

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=pavi2