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Prairie Winds Apache Rose Switch Grass - Panicum
'Apache Rose' is an outstanding switch grass featuring grayish-green leaves in an upright, dense clump reaching about 4 feet tall. In fall it's gorgeous, airy, rose-colored flower panicles rise above the the foliage like a cloud. The leaf tips turn deep burgundy-rose in fall as well. Get all the details below

Prairie Winds Apache Rose Switch Grass - Panicum

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Prairie Winds Apache Rose Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'

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



Special Attributes

'Apache Rose' is an outstanding Switch Grass featuring grayish-green leaves in an upright, dense clump reaching about 4 feet tall. In fall its gorgeous, airy, rose-colored flower panicles rise above the the foliage like a cloud. The leaf tips turn deep burgundy-rose in fall as well. Provides a wonderful contrast of texture and color just about anywhere in sunny to mostly sunny areas of the landscape.




Landscape & Garden Uses 

Apache Rose Switch Grass provides fine texture and color in the landscape. It is excellent for use as a vertical accent, as a hedge, and in groupings or massed 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:  2 feet apart for mass plantings; 5 feet or more apart 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:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  2'
Spacing:  24-30" for mass plantings, 5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Clumping, Grassy, Upright, Vertical
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Rose-Pink
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Late Summer through Winter
Flower Type:  Airy Cloud-Forming Panicles
Fragrant Flowers: No
Foliage Color:  Gray-Green, Burgundy-Rose leaf tips in fall
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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