Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Purple
Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP11,202-Feb. 2000

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Nov 7, 2011 10:18 AM

One of my favorite ornamental grasses with glaucous blue-tinged, gracefully arching foliage and very showy flower heads in late summer and fall. This one really appreciates good drainage for best growth and winter survival. Where happy (and it is not hard to please), it is stunningly beautiful!

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