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: 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5m)
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet (30-61cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: Metallic blue.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Water gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Child plants: 3 child plants

Common names
  • Switch Grass
  • Switchgrass
  • Blue Switchgrass
  • Wand Panic Grass

Photo Gallery
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-08-20
one mature plant
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2016-08-19

Date: 2/14/15
Location: Hessenhof (Nursery)
Date: 2022-10-29
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2015-09-10
Photo by Anderwood
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-03
a few plants grew together at the post office

Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Brainers Greenhouse, Wixom, MI
Date: 2011-07-09
Location: February 2023 | Meadowlark Botanical Garden (VA)
Date: 2023-02-20

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Date: June
credit: SEWilco

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Roof top garden. 
Date: 2016-09-29
Location: Halls of Heddon, Newcastle UK
Date: 2020-10-10
Location: Brainers Greenhouse, Wixom, MI
Date: 2011-07-09
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-30
Young growth
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 8, 2018 9:47 PM concerning plant:
    In my old 1998 catalog from Limerock Ornamental Grasses Inc. that existed in Port Matilda, PA, until 2015, they listed this cultivar as being a new selection with foliage a purple-blue color with a slightly waxy white covering and a stiffly upright habit. Seedheads are burgundy. Gets 4.5 to 5 feet high. Zones 5 to 9. The Growing Place in Naperville, IL says also that it is a very stiff upright grass with metallic blue foliage. It gets a yellow fall color.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jul 6, 2019 1:21 PM concerning plant:
    Attractive blue foliage works well as a vertical accent. The airy flowers and foliage remain showy into winter, even as the blue color fades. Prune back in late winter. Can be grown in moist to dry soils. Let dry between waterings.

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