Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Red Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' )
    Grass Family

    This vase shaped, medium sized switchgrass is known for its striking red, purple, and pink streaked foliage. Not picky about soil, but prefers full sun for best form and color. 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 with strong streaks of red and purple, especially later in the season
    Height: 3-4’
    Space: 2-3’
    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 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