Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke'
Common Name: Switch Grass
A beautiful, robust switch grass cultivar! Steel-blue leaves stand up in the weather, then when late summer arrives smoky-purple seed heads explode and billow over top. Pretty!
Our perennials come nestled in a 4" square CowPot with a free metal plant ID marker. Learn more about why we think CowPots are so awesome here.
Features & Care
Attracts: Pollinators, Birds
Zone: 4 - 9
Height: 48" - 54"
Width: 36" - 40"
Light: Full Sun
Blooms: Late Summer
Flowers: Cut, Dried
Water: Low to Average needs
Soil: Well-drained, tolerates poor soil, salt, drought
Patio: Can be grown in a container
Native: Native cultivar
How To Plant
CowPots are made from composted cow manure. As the pot decomposes, it feeds the roots of the plant helping it get off to great start. We like to say the perennials think they're delicious and nutritious! :-)
You will plant the pot along with the plant! No need to put holes in the pot or remove the bottom. It decomposes faster than all other non-plastic pot options and the roots easily push through.
Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the soil in the pot matches the soil line in the garden. Ensure that soil is pressed against the pot on all sides and the bottom. Keep the area inside and outside the pot moist (but not soggy) for 3 to 4 weeks until the plant is established.
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Photo: Walters Gardens