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Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’
Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’
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Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’

Blue Switch Grass

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 8.290.250

Switch Grass was an important component of the Tall-grass Prairie that once covered much of the Great Plains. This outstanding selection forms an arching clump of steel-blue leaves, bearing airy heads of tiny green flowers in late summer. Fall colour is bright butter-gold, fading to tan. Usually attractive in the garden all winter long. Flowers are good for cutting, fresh or dried. Trim back to the ground in early spring. Clumps are easily divided in spring. Drought tolerant once established.

Further details for
Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.