Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

Cape Breeze Switch Grass, Panic Grass

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Cape Breeze Switch Grass is a compact fast-growing ornamental grass native to the prairies of North America.  The stiff upright foliage stays green for most of the season before turning reddish purple tips in fall.   In mid-summer stems holding airy clusters of tiny yellow-green flowers raise above the foliage like a cloud which turn bronze in fall and persist through winter.  Prefers part sun and moist well-drained soils.  

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Height: 

2' - 2.5'

Spread: 

1.5' - 2'

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9

Culture: 

 Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Green

Season of Interest: 

SummerFallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant. Too much shade will lose its upright form.  Beetles and mites are occasional problems.  Root and crown rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Some susceptibility to rust.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group PlantingsBordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardenWildlife GardensBog GardensRock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Blanket FlowerTickseedSedum

IMAGE: Photo by klp.nycPanicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' (switchgrass) 

 

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