Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23209
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
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Common Name (Alternative): Red Switch Grass
Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. Measuring in at just 3ft (2ft before blooming), 'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer.
By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.
Switch grass 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.
'Cheyenne Sky' has been selected by gardening expert P. Allen Smith for his Platinum Collection. Here's what P. Allen has to say about this fabulous plant:
"This grass is lovely in every way. A ‘see through plant’ that allows views through its graceful red margined blades of glaucous foliage. The perfect guest in the garden, never a thug like some grasses."
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Breeder: Gary Trucks
Origin: Native Cultivar
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
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When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Panicum is native grass that is very easy to grow and is a good grass for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy.
Panicum is wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.