Switchgrass (Panicum elegans Fontaine) belongs to the easily cultivated, attractively blooming and long-living ornamental grasses. It usually grows up to 60 cm tall. In July, August and September its slender culms are decorated with tender, pale green spikes that form meshy, broad panicles. Fluffy inflorescences contrast with rather broad, long, tape-like leaves, that turn golden-yellow in autumn. Lush switchgrass tufts form a great background for flower beds and much desired lightness to them. They look wonderful in company of asters and chrysanthemums or with the background of a lawn, especially in larger single-species groupings. Flowering stalks can be cut off and added to fresh and dried flower arrangements.
Seeds are sown into a seed bed or directly to the permanent site from April to May. If we provide switchgrass with a warm, sunny site with a permeable, humous, not too dry soil, we can count on substantial and rapid growth of the green mass. On slightly lesser soils this plant maintains nicer, compact habit for longer period of time.
One package contains 2 g of switchgrass seeds. The sow-by date and growing instuctions are printed at the back side of the package.
- Weight: 2 g
- Height: 60 cm
- Use: ornamental - as flower bed background, in large groupings, fresh and dried flower arrangements
- Flowering period: July - September
- Vegetation form: perennial
- Foliage: broad, long, tape-like
- Flower type: broad panicles
- Site: warm, sunny; permeable, humous, moist soil