Zone Map 4-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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Late Summer


  • Native to North America
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Bioretention/Rain Gardens
  • Bioswales/Vegetated swales
  • Erosion control
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Growth rate: medium-fast
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3-gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, rust
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry; can overwinter outside if moisture level is monitored

*Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.


  • A compact cultivar of native Switchgrass
  • Foliage stays green longer than other switchgrasses
  • Good foundation for mixed plantings
  • Salt tolerant; tolerant of dry conditions and varied soils (clay, infertile, sandy)
  • Good for massed plantings—highways, in corporate and municipal landscapes—anywhere attractive, low-maintenance plants are required
  • Produces abundant clouds of airy seed heads
  • Foliage remains interesting through fall and winter
  • Requires no special attention or fertilizer
  • Great plant for sustainable landscapes

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