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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive renrut63 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 JonthanJ 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 dakotaroser 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

Positive lupinelover 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.


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

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