Showy foliage and seed heads of Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' (Switchgrass)
Close-up of the purple-pink seedheads of Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' (Switchgrass)

Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' (Switchgrass)

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Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze,' commonly called 'Cape Breeze' switchgrass, is a short, dense cultivar of switchgrass, growing to only 2-3' tall, and is characterized by predominantly bright green foliage occasionally tinted with blues or reds. 'Cape Breeze' also produces showy plumes of soft blond-yellow flowers which eventually turn to brassy, beige tones in the cooler fall months. Tolerant to a wide variety of ecological factors and soil types, and with the added benefit of compact size, 'Cape Breeze' is a great choice for a variety of locations around the home.

'Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze' tolerates a wide range of moisture and soil types, including poor, sandy, or rocky soils, so long as the ground is well draining and it gets full sun. With compact, persistent behavior comes a ton of ecological benefit: seeds are an important food source to all sorts of birds and small mammals, and grass blades serve as food and host to a variety of important moths and butterflies, including the Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) and Leonard's Skipper (Hesperia leonardus), both of which are endangered in Maryland.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29" and Medium: 30-48"
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average, Poor, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Fall Color, Winter Interest, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, and Drought Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Small Space, Container, Rock Garden, and Border/Screen

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