Grass - Ornamental
Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

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Switch Grass

Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. Measuring in at just 3ft (2ft before blooming), 'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that begins turning wine red in early summer. By late summer, nearly the entire clump is drenched in color and is topped by matching wine-red flower panicles held just above the foliage. It makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted en masse.

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips

Cut to 6" in March. Tolerates heavy clay soil. Tolerates periodic flooding and roadside salt.

Hardiness Zone
Season of Interest
Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Special Benefits
Dried Flower
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Sun Tolerant
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

 Patent No: PPAF

Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)
Image courtesy Walters Gardens Inc.