Whether the sun is shining or the rain coming down, the beauty of the Switch Grass plant deserves a category all its own.
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 excellent groundcover. This plant comes in more than one variety. Two are “Cloud Nine and Shenandoah” Switch Grass.
Considering both are equally lovely, choosing could be tough.
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 levels of tolerance 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 also use it as a source of hay for their cattle and other livestock, and 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. If it grows too high, however, it may fall over, though its durability allows it to return to standing upright if the excess weight is clipped off.
Switchgrass Ships As – Bareroot Plant