Panicum virgatum Prairie Winds Apache Rose
Panicum 'Apache Rose' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Switch Grass

About This Grass

Panicum 'Apache Rose' is one of the few grasses that will stand up to  rain and wind. This grass has a dense, upright, columnar habit with grey-green leaves. In the fall, the tips of the leaves are flushed with a hint of rosy-red. While other green-leaved Switch Grass typically have cream or tan inflorescences, ‘Apache Rose’ has unique rose-colored flower panicles—a welcome color in the fall garden. 

  • Height: 122 cm (48 in)
  • Spread: 74 cm (29 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4- 9
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Panicum is a very easy native grass that is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. It prefers moist, fertile soil but will grow in any soil from sand to clay. It is drought tolerant once established. It will perform best in full sun, flopping over if it gets too much shade. It is tolerant of wind and salt making it a good choice for a more exposed site or an area that might be salted in the winter.


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