Panicum virgatum

switchgrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant  

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-4 (6) ft    Width: 2-3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Clump forming, suitable for planting toward the back of a moist wildflower garden.
Considerations: An aggressive grower. Plant where that characteristic is appropriate.
Propagation: Division of root mass.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Larval host for tawny edged skipper.
Native Habitats: Riverine forests, flatwoods, beaches, fresh and brackish marshes, disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   

Other

Ethnobotany: Being cultivated as a biofuel. Seed.
Other Comments: In the opinion of this author, this species has a weedy look.