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Plant Facts
Common Name: Switchgrass
Botanical Name: Panicum virgatum
Nativity: North America
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Type: Grass
Size: Height:4-6′, spread: 2-3′

Aesthetic Traits
Plant Form: Erect
Foliage Color: Dark green, gray green
Seasonal Features:
Fall Color: Orange, yellow
Winter Form: Architectural, seed head
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: August – October
Fruit Color: Seed head

Ecological Traits
Light: Full sun – part sun
Soil Type: Sand, loam, clay
Soil Moisture: Wet, moist, dry
Urban Tolerances: Medium drought tolerances, salt tolerant
Wildlife Value: Birds, mammals

Installation & Maintenance Notes
Cut back to ground in late winter or early spring


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