Shenandoah Red Switch Grass

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We love a plant that isn't finicky. No matter whether you are a master gardener or don't know the difference between a spade and a hoe, a plant that will work just about anywhere is always welcome!

Shenandoah Red Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah') is one of those plants! What kind of soil do you have? Is it average? Medium? Moist, sandy, or clay? Does it flood every now and then? Red Switch Grass will thrive there! (As a matter of fact, if your soil is too rich it might even flop a little bit. This grass wants to keep its street cred.) What about the sun? Does it beat down like the Sahara or does it play hide and seek with the garden? Shenandoah Switchgrass works in all situations!

This warm-season ornamental native grass grows in 3-5 foot wide clumps of stiff, vertical bunches of strappy leaves that gracefully curl down as the seasons progress. It starts out a silvery green, but very quickly turns red, earlier than other Panicum varieties and sometimes as early as late June! By autumn has completely blushed to the burgundy red that it is named after!

Wonderfully hardy and resistant throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, and adds sound, motion, and three-season beauty to the garden! Airy reddish-pink flower panicles appear in midsummer as hazy clouds floating about 3 feet above the leaves for an added bonus - especially for your cut flower bouquets as fine-textured filler!

Planting and Application:

Shenandoah Red Switch Grass fits just about anywhere in your garden! Once an important part of the tall grass prairie that covered most of the central continental USA, this native is easy to grow, easy to care for, and easy to love! For the sun or shade, water features to Rock Gardens - choose a Red Switch Grass!

This Ornamental Grass is a fine specimen plant in the border or bed, but really stands out in mass plantings! Create rows, groupings, and drifts to maximize that fall color and elegant silvery green in the growing season. Try it along a pond, in a boggy area, or by a driveway. Wherever you try it, you are sure to appreciate its beauty and ease.

Plant it in cottage gardens and perennial borders, throughout wildlife, songbird and pollinator beds, or add fiery color to your naturalized or modern prairie plantings! It will look fantastic almost anywhere whether you have a green thumb or not!

  • Soft Tufts of Green Blades Turn Red By Late June
  • Graceful Clumps - Wider Than Tall
  • Showy Burgundy Red Fall Color
  • Airy Pinkish-Red Panicles in Midsummer
  • Great for Rain Gardens, Bogs & Ponds
  • Widely Adaptable Warm-Season Native Prairie Grass!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Also known as Red Switchgrass, these perennial grasses usually do best in full sun for the strongest growth and best fall color. But Red Switch Grass can also tolerate a touch of part shade. Growing very well in any kind of well-drained soil, once established these tough natives thrive in a wide range of conditions from drought to dampness! Water new plants regularly to ensure they are established, then they can handle about anything!

Prune Ornamental Grass back in the early spring and clean out its clumps. Divide every 3-5 years to maintain vigor. These warm-season grasses may be slow to get growing in the spring, but then just shine beautifully throughout heat and sun all growing season long! It's well worth the wait!

  • Full Sun Is Best
  • Widely Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Widely Adaptable to Soil Moisture Once Established
  • Prune Back Clumps in Early Spring
  • Fast Growing & Very Easy Care

Shenandoah Switch Grass is just the adaptable and versatile Ornamental Grass you've been searching for! Order enough to fill your garden with easy-going and easy-care natives today from!

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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Shenandoah Red Switch Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable & Well Drained
Moisture Highly Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Reddish-Pink
Foliage Color Green Quickly Turns Red
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring