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Red Switch Grass 'Cheyenne Sky'
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Panicum virgatum ('Warm Season Grasses' Series)
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(What's my zone?)Perennial
Cultivar Notes - 'Cheyenne Sky'
Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. It forms a compact, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage which turns wine red in early summer.
Genus Notes - Panicum
Switch Grass is an American prairie Grass that is finally receiving praise for its ornamental qualities. It gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versitile from a design standpoint; it is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.
Switch Grass is one of the easiest and most attractive ornamental grasses, with no tendency to spread or become troublesome. Best in moist, fertile soil but tolerates less than ideal conditions.
Series Notes - Warm Season Grasses
Warm season grasses grow most actively during the warmer months, then flower in late summer or fall. Most go completely dormant in winter. Warm season grasses include: Andropogon, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Carex, Cortaderia, Erianthus, Hakonechloa, Miscanthus, Panicum, Pennisetum, Schizachyrium, and Sporobolus.