Shenandoah Switch Grass

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Consistently Showy Shenandoah Switch Grass

  • Blue-Green Foliage Deepens to Burgundy
  • Pink-Tipped Seed Heads from Midsummer
  • Gilded in Fall With Electric Orange Hues
  • Slender Vase-Shape
  • Fine-Texture
  • Year-Round Interest
  • Grows Fast
  • Versatile
  • Tolerates Both Periodic Drought and Flooding
  • Deer Resistant
  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Hardy
  • Easy Care

Welcome each spring with fresh new blue-green foliage emerging from the old crown of this native grass. The lush, erect blades of Shenandoah Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah') grow quickly and deepen into a beautiful, burgundy hue.

This is a hardy accent grass that brings color, movement and an airy texture to the landscape. No wonder they've earned their place on the hottest plant lists!

After all, Switch Grasses have been a beautiful addition to the vast native North American tallgrass prairie ecosystem since time immemorial. Bring the restful charm of Shenandoah Switch Grass to your space, no matter how small.

They can easily be kept in tall outdoor containers as a very effective "Thriller" for many years. You'll be pleased to see how sophisticated this improved modern cultivar looks on an urban balcony or Roof Garden!

Watch the ornamental development over the growing season. People across the country love the shimmering reddish-pink flowers that develop at the top of the long stalks in early summer.

The long-lasting display looks great all season...especially as the breeze picks up and the wind ripples through the narrow blades. Sit back and savor each of the varied color tones; watching as flashing sunlight picks out each tiny seed panicle.

This easy-care plant requires very little care. Shenandoah makes an exceptional choice for busy professionals and young families who demand low-maintenance easy gardens.

Shenandoah Switch Grass grows fairly tall, but features a narrow, upright nature. It is a boon for beginning gardeners with a tough, durable selection that thrives in most soil types.

Place your order for Shenandoah Switch Grass this season. You'll love the cloud of airy seed heads held high above the erect, purple-toned foliage.

How to Use Shenandoah Switch Grass in the Landscape

This exceptional grass can be used to make a bold statement. Plant long rows for a garden feature that is at once modern and formal.

Space them 30 inches apart to line the front of your shrub border with a handsome hedge. Or spread them out to create a geometric checkerboard, so the kids can make happy memories playing hide and seek behind each clump.

Commercial property owners can take this same concept and use it on a grand scale. Frankly, nothing could be easier or more attention-grabbing... simply mow between the "squares" of Shenandoah.

Plant these dynamic grasses as an attractive fill plant in your mixed borders and at the edge of water gardens. Repeat them through your planting bed to keep the eye moving.

If you have a special garden sculpture or special boulder, highlight it with a few Shenandoah Switch Grasses at the base. Every time the wind blows, your guests will turn towards this focal point.

Because this special grass can tolerate wet soils, you can grow a mass planting on the berm in a planned Rain Garden. Put plants to work filtering potentially polluted water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows down the storm drain.

Shenandoah Switch Grass also becomes a terrific contrast against selections like Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass and Purple Fountain Grass. Mix and match from our vast collection of Ornamental Grasses to create a naturalized area of your yard.

Add in several of our native plants, such as prairie perennials to recreate a slice of that tallgrass prairie on your lot. What could be a better legacy to leave for pollinators and songbirds?

#ProPlantTips for Care

Full sun is best for this grass, although it does tolerate part shade better than most. It needs at least four hours of sunlight a day for the best foliage color and fall color.

It is a huge relief to know that this durable landscaping choice can tolerate clay, sand, and even periodic flooding and drought. However, our plant experts do recommend that you provide adequate water for best results.

Containers must be deep enough for their robust root system. Keep up the consistent water, as container-grown plants won't survive dry soils.

Shenandoah Switch Grass is a warm-season grass, and may be slow to wake up from winter dormancy. Be patient with it!

Once you start to see the very first signs of life in early spring, cut back all the stems down to the crown. It won't take long for your Shenandoah to start shining again!

This versatile cultivated Ornamental Grass thrives in a variety of conditions and makes the most of many different garden applications. Order Shenandoah Switch Grass from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Shenandoah Switch Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green & Burgundy
Fall Color Orange, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring