Switch Grass, Wand Panic Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Panicum (PAN-ih-kum) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Dallas Blues
Additional cultivar information:(PP11202; aka Dallas Blue)
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 2000

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Logansport, Indiana

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Missouri

Orchard Park, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Charleston, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Urbanna, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 12, 2013, renrut63 from Orchard Park, NY wrote:

I love this plant with its beautiful palette of colors. My concern is how to keep the plant from flopping over. Any ideas?

Positive

On Dec 18, 2011, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Slow to start on my clay loam soil, this has proved out over 7 years to be great stuff. It is big because it is a tetraploid mutation. I burn it off in March. We plant clumps, but the Panicums grow out slowly to become a turf. The oldest one was planted as a one gallon rootball, but now comes up in a patch over 2 feet wide on the ground.

Positive

On Mar 22, 2005, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

I grew this last season and it not only was a great icy blue
color(5ft.) or more, and grew very upright but it had the most unusually
beautiful, full pinkish-purple flower heads over 24" above the grass. One of the best
of the switch grasses. Theres something to like about them
all.

Positive

On Aug 26, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful steel blue foliage. Flowers are very airy, red aging to dark red. Thriving despite prolonged summer drought.