Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass is a perennial grass that is widespread in North America.  It is produces tall, broad panicles of tiny flowers in the summer.  It tolerates a wide variety of conditions and is often used in erosion control.  Switchgrass can be found at the Norfolk Botanical Garden scattered throughout along the edges of the lakes and in the Native Plant Garden.

This species is part of the Southeastern Virginia Phenology Network.

Type perennial grass
Size up to 4′ high
Flower broad, brown panicles; summer
Fruit dry, single seeded grain; late summer-fall
Hardy Zones 5-9
Native most of North America

Click here to see the USA-NPN Species Profile for switchgrass, which includes detailed descriptions of the phenophases being monitored and a link to the USA-NPN monitoring datasheets.

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