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.
Famed designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf discovered this superb new Panicum growing in his personal garden. A probable Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ offspring, ‘Purple Tears’ premiers an alluring aura of smoky gray-tipped flowering spikes studded with bead-like purple seed heads. All this eye-catching violet intrigue lingers above natty medium green blades, forging an upright, somewhat narrow habit that promises grace, versatility and resilience plus warm red-orange autumnal hues. (pp#28,518)
Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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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 ‘Heiliger Hain’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Trailblazer’
- Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’