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Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum is a tall grass native throughout the southeast. It grows well in a wide array of conditions: from full sun to part shade; and soils that are wet, dry, or anywhere between. It is drought tolerant. It can get up to seven feet tall during the growing season, and dies back to a few inches in the winter. Leaving dormant stems up until spring provides excellent over-wintering habitat for pollinators. Birds eat the seeds this grass produces in the fall and winter. Like most native grasses, it is fairly resistant to deer. This is also an important host plant to several native butterfly species. Panicum virgatum is an excellent plant for restoration projects and erosion control, or to use as a border/screen in a yard or rain garden.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Panicum virgatum - 4 inch

Switchgrass

100 in stock

$8.4736+ $4.24ea
Panicum virgatum - Plug

Switchgrass

936 in stock

$2.2072+ $1.10ea
Panicum virgatum - Large Plug

Switchgrass

142 in stock

$4.40100+ $2.20ea

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FAC) Facultative

Attributes

  • Salt Tolerant
  • Fast Growing / Vigorous
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Upland
  • Floodplain
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Buffer
  • Living Shoreline

Classification by Use

  • Wetland Mitigation
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Green Roof
  • Rain Garden
  • Showy Native
  • Constructed Wetland
  • Erosion Control
  • Stream Restoration