Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Cape Breeze Dwarf Switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum ‘Cape Breeze’ )
    Grass Family

    This dwarf switchgrass cultivar is almost as wide as it is tall. It is very upright, full, and a great choice for a compact and tidy grass. Seed heads are dense and are extremely attractive when the sun shines through them. Not picky about soil, but prefers full sun for best form and flower. Looks best planted in groups or bands. Winter form is extremely attractive and provides habitat for insects and birds through the winter. Looks great with Maryland Golden Aster, Goldenrods, and many of the purple, fall blooming asters.

    Blooms: Reddish-pink, 6-8 weeks, July-August
    Leaves: Green leaves keep their color later into the season than other switchgrass cultivars
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 18-24”
    Soil: Dry to slightly moist, tolerant of poor soils
    Exposure: Full sun
    Fauna: Seeds for birds and other small animals, host plant, food for herbicoves, winter habitat
    Seeds: Coppery-tan seed heads are dense and hazy, remain attractive all winter
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-9
    Native Status: (Parent species)NC native, common in the Coastal Plain, uncommon in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, asexually propagated