Justin W. Hancock

Plant of the Day: Switchgrass

Written on September 7, 2010 at 7:34 am , by

SwitchgrassIf you’re looking for an easy-care ornamental grass for summer, autumn, and winter interest, look no further than switchgrass.

It’s a versatile grass that thrives in full sun or part shade, and doesn’t seem to care too much about the soil it’s in. Switchgrass thrives in clay, doesn’t mind being wet from time to time, and looks great during drought.

There’s a lovely selection of switchgrasses to choose from. Some have lovely silvery-blue foliage in spring and summer; others turn burgundy or gold in autumn. Some stay short (around 3-4 feet) while others grow quite tall (‘Thundercloud’ can reach 8 feet in height!).

Switchgrasses attract birds and their fluffly, cloud-like seedheads are great for using in fresh or dried flower arrangements.

Switchgrass is hardy in Zones 5-9, though I’ve also seen it thrive in Zone 4 when given some winter mulch.

2 Responses to “Plant of the Day: Switchgrass”

  1. Shenandoah Switchgrass is probably my first favorite…followed by Heavy Metal! Good choice!

  2. I agree, it is a wonderful grass to use. Tough, easy color. I too enjoy Shenandoah, love the purple grasses. It does great for me in zone 6.