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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

Switch Grass

Plant Type: Grass - Ornamental

Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. Measuring in at just 3ft (2ft before blooming), 'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer. By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.


Height

3'

Spread

18"

Landscape Application:

Specimen or mass in beds, borders, water margins, screen. Provides winter interest.

Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' Plant Care:

Cut to 6" in March. Tolerates heavy clay soil. Tolerates periodic flooding and roadside salt.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Switch Grass Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest
Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Special Benefits
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Dried Flower
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant

Switch Grass Additional Information

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