Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Switch Grass

Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum

Full to part sun, moderately wet to dry moisture level, best on sandy to clay loams and does poorly on heavy soils.  3-6 feet height, blooms late summer into fall, pink flowers, spreads steadily into colonies by both rhizomes and re-seeding.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Statewide

A warm-season clump-forming grass widely grown as an ornamental.   One of our most valuable native grasses and adapted to a wide range of sites.  Easy to grow.  Tends to flop in rich soils.  Has a number of cultivars, including ‘Dacotah’, ‘Hanse Herms’, ‘Heavy Metal’, ‘Northwind’, ‘Rotstrahlbusch’, ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Squaw’, and ‘Sunburst.’  Attracts songbirds, game birds and butterflies.

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