Panicum may be our favorite genus. These North American native prairie grasses have more than good looks; they are also tough and functional. The flowers are produced in a well-developed panicle, typically terminal and often finely branched. Deep, fibrous root systems help them tolerate poor soil and drought, they need no fertilizer, and they’re low maintenance. They also provide food and cover for wildlife.
Panicum virgatum was one of the major grasses in the Tall Grass prairie of North America. It is the most common Panicum species found in the horticultural trade. Taller varieties make beautiful screens and backgrounds, while shorter cultivars create lovely sweeps of color and texture. Their beauty and habit make them a smart alternative to introduced grasses such as Miscanthus.
Commonly called Switchgrass, our North American Panicum and cultivars offer a winning combination.