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Switch Grass, Panicum Virgatum is a Colorful Bloom Self Seeder 

Even when blooms are not present (usually pink and white), the foliage itself in blue/green or purple/burgundy is an excellent display of what nature can come up with. Red, gold, and yellow foliage put it at its most colorful in the fall, and it’s just as gorgeous as green, purplish, and blue colored leaves that appear in drier times. Blooms appear in late summer, giving the plant an almost ethereal, fairy kind of look. When you see that combo, you will know you made the right choice.

Most Switch Grass self-seeds freely, so the beauty will continue to spread year after year. This perennial plant can reach an incredible 1 to 8 ft. in height and 9 to 42 inches in width. It prefers well-drained soil in a sunny or lightly shaded area to reach its full potential. If you live in a rural area, bear in mind Switch Grass is deer resistant, able to survive a drought and makes an excellent groundcover. This plant comes in more than one variety. Two are “Cloud Nine and Shenandoah” Switch Grass.

Switch Grass, Panicum Virgatum Can Withstand Virtually Any Kind of Weather Condition

While it won’t start growing until late spring, it can withstand virtually any kind of weather conditions and remains upright even in the dead of winter. However, individual plants will have different tolerance levels for these terms and will grow to different heights and levels of growth depending on your particular plant. Due to their deep roots that can reach up to several feet into the ground, switchgrass is an excellent choice to prevent soil erosion. Farmers use it as a source of hay for their cattle and other livestock; scientists have been looking into its uses as a biofuel.

The color of switchgrass changes with the seasons: In spring, it usually appears a light green with pink flower spikes, darkening as it reaches the summer months. By fall, red and yellow tips formed in late summer will have begun to overtake the plant entirely, giving the grass a lovely orange coloration. By winter, it will become a dull beige before the process begins the next year again. Switchgrass prefers to grow in full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade (though the chance of it flopping over will increase). It can grow to be extremely tall, regardless of soil conditions. However, if it grows too high, it may fall over, though its durability allows it to return to standing upright if the excess weight is clipped off.


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Switch Grass, Panicum Virgatum is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping


When you start looking at using Switchgrass as a source of biofuel, you will find that many benefits result from the use of this crop.

 Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a warm-season perennial grass native to the central United States. It is now widely established in other areas and is being actively investigated as a viable energy crop. It is now commonly found in other country areas and is being actively investigated as a viable energy crop. Switchgrass proliferates and has good cold tolerance, making it a good choice for biofuel production in temperate climates. It tolerates both saline and alkaline soils, making it an attractive candidate for reclaiming abandoned mine land.

One of the most significant differences between Switchgrass and sweet sorghum is the yield per acre. One study showed Switchgrass produced around 40 tons per acre while sweet sorghum produced 80 tons per acre. Sweet sorghum requires less management than Switchgrass but requires regular management to make the best yields. Switchgrass is a deep-rooted perennial that germinates from seed during the late summer or early fall and remains dormant over winter. In spring, stems produce tillers (branching stems with leaves). 

After full growth potential has been reached, Switchgrass will tiller less often but begin flowering based on day length and weather conditions. Switchgrass flowers are open and cross-pollinated by wind. Each flower can produce up to 500 seeds distributed by wind but remain viable within the seed head until they are dispersed into the soil.

Switchgrass is most often used as an alternative feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Still, it also has potential use in biopower projects and as a soil additive to reduce erosion and runoff. The ability of Switchgrass to fix nitrogen in soil could make it a valuable cover crop in rotation with cash crops like corn and soybeans.

The ground cover provided by Switchgrass can help prevent erosion on slopes. It also provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife. Switchgrass can be planted on unproductive land due to corrosion, salinity, or other issues. Thus, the plant helps to improve the soil while providing habitat. Switchgrass will grow on soils with pH levels between 4.0 and 8.0, but optimum growth occurs at a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Purchase Switchgrass because you can grow them in regions that receive meager amounts of precipitation.

Height at maturity: 1 to 8 ft. 

Ship as: Bareroot

Width: 9 to 42 inches 

Growth: zones 3 to 9

Sunlight: full sun to partial shade

Rhizome cuttings are generally used to establish new plantings because they are easier to handle and develop quickly. However, the seed produces a more vigorous stand if not over-wintered in a greenhouse. Switchgrass can be utilized as an alternative energy source to produce ethanol fuel from cellulose in its stems. The crop can also create methane gas via anaerobic digestion to power engines or generators to produce electricity.

Switchgrass is currently being investigated as a source of biofuel due to its high productivity and suitability for growing on marginal land. Many cellulosic ethanol processes rely on Switchgrass because it does not require fertile soil or irrigation to produce high yields, making it an ideal candidate for developing cellulosic ethanol processes.

The sod-forming characteristics of Switchgrass make it valuable in erosion control, particularly on construction sites and mining operations where topsoil is often exposed or disturbed, potentially washing away with rain or snowmelt. The high biomass yield per acre makes Switchgrass effective in stabilizing soils while providing ground cover that prevents further erosion by wind or water runoff. Switchgrass for sale is an attractive option for biofuel production because it grows well in non-arable lands, such as abandoned agricultural land and marginal pastures. It means that switchgrass biofuel crops can be grown on idle land.

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Latin Name-Panicum virgatum L Hardy Zone- 5-9 Mature Height-3-5ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Planting Zones 3-9
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  • 5

    I love the height!

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