Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum 'Shenandoah'
Panicum 'Shenandoah'

Panicum 'Shenandoah'

"Switch grass"

Panicum 'Shenandoah'

1 bare root — £3.34

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Description

Reminiscent of wide plains stretching to the horizon, kissed by a glowing sunset, Panicum 'Shenandoah' is a favourite for prairie-style planting schemes. Steely blue-green upright blades are tipped with deep red in early summer, followed by the tall stems bearing a profusion of dainty, roseate flowers that shimmer in the wind.

With a perennial grass as elegant as Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah', the scope for mellow planting combinations is endless. Why not pair it with hot-coloured Monarda 'Fireball' and Echinacea 'Green Twister' to create your very own corner of the wild, wild West? Leave the foliage in place to provide structural interest in autumn, before cutting back in late winter ready for new growth to emerge.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, purple, two-tone, bronze

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Panicum 'Shenandoah' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Switch grass" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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