Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Dust Devil' Poaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial


Bioswale Garden, North Walk, Zucker Shrub Collection

Source of plant

Walters Gardens


Standing just over 4' tall in full bloom, this grass is 1-2' shorter than comparable varieties such as ‘Northwind’ or ‘Heavy Metal’. Its blue-green to green foliage forms a strictly upright, dense clump. In the fall, the tips of the leaves are flushed with a hint of deep purplish red. Wine purple flower panicles are produced in late summer, blooming in the middle of the dense foliage and extending just about 6" above the clump. The flowers turn tan as they age.

USDA Hardiness Zone