Gray-green spikes of Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' (Switch Grass) grown in gallon-sized containers.

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' (Switch Grass) Unity Grown

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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Sky' is a tall cultivar of switchgrass, an upright, native perennial grass that grows to around four to five feet tall, and around six feet tall when in flower. 'Prairie Sky' is noted for its upright behavior and the heavier blue-gray tinge of its spring and summer foliage; 'Prairie Sky' is occasionally regarded as an improved version of 'Heavy Metal' switchgrass, due to its taller height and deeper blue hues.

Blue-green foliage emerges in the early spring and grows quickly through the summer before producing fine, pink-tinted flowers in mid summer which contrast and add depth to the gray-blue of the natural foliage. This cultivar's upright form persists through fall and winter, when it provides food and shelter for birds and small mammals, and its golden-tan and brown shades add lovely earthtones to the off-season garden. 'Prairie Sky' switchgrass tolerates a wide range of moisture and soil types, but performs best in medium moisture soils with good sand or clay presence in full to part-sun.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Wide Tolerance
Soil Type: Clay, Sand, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Pink
Foliage color: Blue-Gray and Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Wildlife, Attracts Butterflies, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Erosion Control, Fall Color, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Flood Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Rock Garden, Border/Screen, and Rain Garden

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