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PlantFiles: Switch Grass, Wand Panic Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky'

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Panicum (PAN-ih-kum) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Prairie Sky

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Blue-Green

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
Non-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

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral onebugslife On Aug 21, 2014, onebugslife from Pacific Junction, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this grass until it finally sprouts up past 4'. Once it hits that mark it flops over in my garden. What I have read is that it does not like fertile rich soil or to be watered. At this point I plan on moving it outside the compost enriched beds.

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooms July-August in my garden. Nice bluish foliage.

Regional...

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

Washington, Illinois
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Urbanna, Virginia
Eau Claire, Wisconsin



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