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Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Red Switch Grass

‘Shenandoah’ is an excellent ornamental grass for most landscapes, tolerating a wide range of soils and handling drought as well as ample irrigation. This grass has a strong upright form when grown in full sun. The foliage emerges blue-green in the spring, but develops wonderful streaks of red in the summer months. An airy cloud of red-pink flowers hovers above the foliage beginning in late summer, turning to beige as the seeds mature in the fall. Cut back annually, if needed, to maintain a dense form. Switch grasses are native to the Midwestern U.S. Root hardy to –30° F.