Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
3 to 5 ft.
18 to 24 in.
species is native to most of the United States
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Shenandoah switchgrass is an upright ornamental grass selected from the native species. It has green leaves tipped with red. The burgundy red color intensifies through the summer. By fall the foliage is an attractive blend of oranges, yellows and burgundies.
Just like other switchgrass cultivars, the flowers are airy, branched clusters that float above the foliage by early fall.
Shenandoah switchgrass is a beautiful cultivar. We have tried planting it many times at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It some locations in performs beautifully, adding season-long interest with its red-tipped leaves.
Unfortunately, it seems to be a favorite plant of rabbits. Some plants have been killed by their extensive browsing. It is not a good choice for landscapes with constant rabbits present.
In spring, cut the old stems and leaves to ground level before new growth appears.