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Old switch panicgrass

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Panicum virgatum
Photo: Frédéric Coursol
Panicum virgatum



Origin and description

Perennial grass native to Québec. This vigorous species produces light pink- or red-colored blooms at the end of summer. The foliage, green and bluish-green in the summer, takes on autumn colors of yellow and red.

Height: 100 cm (foliage); up to 175 cm (inflorescences)
Width: 60 cm
Blooms: pinkish to reddish, July to October
Attractions for wildlife: attracts birds

Common name

Old switch panicgrass

Latin name (genus)

Panicum virgatum

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Poaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun
Soil type: fresh; tolerant of drought once established
Observation: vigorous plant


  • Zone 4

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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