Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
The foliage of switch grass Panicum Shenandoah emerges bluish-green but rapidly turns burgundy-red by June and a dark wine for fall. In winter, the leaf color fades to beige; the blades persist and offer cover to birds. It tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils.
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Panicum Shenandoah grows in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Will grow in part shade, but begins to lose its columnar form in too much shade, growing more openly and possibly falling over. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring. This ornamental switch grass cultivar features some of the best burgundy-red foliage of the many panicum cultivars currently available in commerce. Foliage emerges bluish-green but rapidly turns burgundy-red (by late June) to form a compact, narrow, erect, 3' tall clump of foliage which is topped in summer by finely-textured, reddish-pink flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud. Panicles turn beige as the seeds mature in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter. Foliage also turns beige in fall and provides good winter interest. Best massed or in groups. Perennial borders, meadows, wild gardens or naturalized areas. Native to north America this grass is a perfect addition to any garden. Perfect for use in rain gardens, and provides winter interest in any situation. Tolerates all types of soil. Prefers Full sun to bring out the best red color.