Our Panicums are warm season prairie grasses native to North America. Resistant to heat, drought and extreme cold, Switch Grass hosts a cloud of inflorescences—a mystifying hologram of tiny red seeds that mature to black in late summer. If grown in drifts and not cut back until early spring, Panicums promise a lively winter show. After several frosty nights, they stiffen and adopt the warm glowing color and soft rustling sound of wheat.
This colorful, smaller statured Panicum makes its way into plenty of European gardens, but is sadly hard to find here in the states. Airy clusters of pinkish oat-colored inflorescences traipse upon firm upright stalks cloaked with dapper, glaucous bluish green blades that manifest rousing deep burgundy tones once the nights turn cool. A staunch versatile grass, ‘Heiliger Hain’s manageable size makes it well-suited for midborder positions, decorative containers or swathes in larger spaces.
Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Panicum amarum ‘Dewey Blue’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Cape Breeze’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Thundercloud’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Trailblazer’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’