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Prairie Winds Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass - Panicum
Prairie Winds Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass features outstanding foliage color spring through fall. Its foliage emerges a handsome blue-green, but then quickly begins to turn wine-red. It forms narrow, erect foliage clumps to about 3 feet tall and produces purple flower panicles in fall rising above the foliage like a cloud. Get all the details below

Prairie Winds Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass - Panicum

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Prairie Winds Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Prairie Winds Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass features outstanding foliage color spring through fall. In spring, foliage emerges a handsome blue-green but then quickly begins to turn a deep wine-red by summer. It forms erect, narrow foliage clumps to about 3 feet tall with  purple flower panicles in fall that rise above the foliage like a cloud. The foliage turns a deep shade of tan for the winter season.



Landscape & Garden Uses 

Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass provides fine texture and color in the landscape. Growing 3 feet tall and about 18 inches wide, it is excellent for use as a vertical accent, as a hedge, and in groupings or mass plantings in sunny landscape borders. Also effective as a background or centerpiece in perennial borders, bird and wildlife gardens, native plant gardens, prairies, meadows or naturalized areas. Because it tolerates a constantly moist it's also an excellent choice for water gardens, bog gardens and along ponds.

Spacing:  18 inches apart for mass plantings; 4 feet or more for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

A North American native grass, Switch Grass are very easy to grow in a wide range of soil, even clay, sandy and dry soils, though they prefer the soil to be moist. They don't like an organically rich soil so there's no need to add compost or humus to the native soil when planting. Switch Grass grow, best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. Switch grass is generally noted for its stiff, columnar form, and typically retains its vertical shape throughout the growing season. That said, too much shade and plants might become floppy. Maintenance is minimal. Cut clumps back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins to emerge.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Switch Grasses.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  3'
Width at Maturity:  18"
Spacing:  18" for mass plantings, 4' or morefor space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Clumping, Grassy, Upright, Vertical, Narrow
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Purple
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Mid-Summer through Winter
Flower Type:  Airy cloud Panicles
Fragrant Flowers: No
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green turning to Wine-Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  na
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Moist to wet, tolerates dry periods
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low 
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbits, Wet Soil



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