Panicum 'Squaw'
Panicum 'Squaw'
Panicum 'Squaw'
Panicum 'Squaw'
Panicum 'Squaw'
Panicum 'Squaw'

Panicum 'Squaw'

"Switch grass"

Panicum 'Squaw'

1 bare root — £2.38

Order today, receive in May/early June
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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 March/April 2024

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

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The ornamental grass Panicum 'Squaw' is a stunner. A clump-former, with a narrow, upright habit, it produces typical narrow, lush green grass leaves, but the tips turn a gorgeous wine-red in late summer. In addition, from mid-summer onwards, it carries airy, burgundy flushed flower spikes. As the autumn progresses both leaves and flowers darken to a golden bronze, making for a beautiful ornamental display—and provides cover for birds at the same time. Taller than many, Panicum 'Squaw' reaches a height of up to 150cm. It likes a position in full sun.

Perfect for a low-maintenance garden, Panicum virgatum  'Squaw' provides graceful height and interest, particularly at the back of a border, or in a Mediterranean- or prairie-style garden, or as a feature in a large courtyard garden. It is also ideal for planting near ponds or streams. It makes a good companion to hardy geranium, helenium and salvia. Alternatively, plant this switch grass with other ornamental grasses. At the end of the season, its leaves fade, and the plant goes into its winter slumber, before re-emerging with fresh leaf shoots in spring.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

  • Flower colour

    Purple, red

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, red, bronze

  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Panicum 'Squaw' 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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