Pancium variation

Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum, is native to most of the United States. Cultivars show wide variation in height, flower size, and foliage color. ‘Ruby Ribbons’ has the most purple foliage; ‘Thundercloud’ is the tallest in the Arboretum’s grass collection.

left to right: 'Prairie Fire', 'Shenandoah', 'Thundercloud' switchgrass'Ruby Ribbons' switchgrass


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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