Proven Winners Perennials


Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

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Common Name:
Red Switch Grass
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
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Garden Height:
4 Feet
Garden Spread:
2-3 Feet
  • Sturdy, upright form resists flopping
  • Flowers and leaf tips develop red coloration
  • Birds will be attracted to the seeds in winter

Absolutely ideal for growing in attractive containers, this resilient Red Switch Grass is a perennial replacement for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. The blue-green foliage of "Cheyenne Sky" grows tightly into a vase-shaped clump and starts to turn burgundy red in the early summer. Switch grass is so named because of the tranquil swishing sound it creates in the breeze.

Height: 4 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet

Uses: Borders, Landscapes, Mass Plantings, Naturalizing
Nature Attraction: Birds
Critter Resistance: Deer Resistant
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant, Native, Salt Tolerant

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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