Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Panicum virgatum


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Attracts Birds

Panicum virgatum 'Summer Sunrise' (Poaceae)
(PAN-i-cum vir-GA-tum)
Showy Switchgrass

'Summer Sunrise' is small for a Panicum at 3-4', with thick stems and wide leaves that give it a sturdy upright appearance. Foliage emerges green and is topped by showy pink-red panicles in late summer. In fall, tops of blades turn a deep burgundy red; winter freezes turn the entire grass a straw color. Tolerant of moist sites, it can even withstand intermittent flooding. Introduced by Kurt Bluemel. (AKA Panicum 'Squaw'.)

Bloom color: pink-red
Bloom period: fall
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 1.5-2'
Zones: 5-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $14
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