Panicum virgatum
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9 Height: 3-6 feet; 0.9-1.8 metres Spread: 2-3 feet; 0.6-0.9 metres Sun: Partial to full sun Water: Medium Wildlife: A wide variety of caterpillars and insect larvae feed on the foliage of this grass. Various songbirds and wetland birds as well as small mammals feed on the seeds. It also provides cover for birds and mammals, especially during the winter. Bloom Colour: Pink-tinted Tolerates: Drier conditions Culture: Prefers full sun in medium to wet conditions in fertile, sandy or clay soils, though it will tolerate a wide range of other soil types. Switch grass can spread aggressively. Noteworthy Characteristics: Switch grass has smooth, mostly erect culms with alternate leaves. The leaves are medium green and tend to be flat. The plant has darker and swollen nodes. The fertile culms produce panicles of spikelets that when in bloom, are light to reddish green in colour.