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Panicum virgatum Dallas Blue / Switch Grass

    Panicum virgatum Dallas Blue / Switch Grass


    Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blue' is a tall, upright ornamental grass known for its stunning blue-green foliage and attractive seed heads. This cultivar is native to North America and belongs to the Poaceae family. The foliage color of 'Dallas Blue' varies from a powdery blue-green color in summer to a reddish-purple color in fall.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 120-150 cm (48-60 in)
    • Spread: 90-120 cm (36-48 in)
    • Flower color: Copper-colored
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage: Blue-green
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Moist, well-drained soil
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blue' is an excellent choice for creating a vertical accent in the garden. It works well as a specimen plant, a backdrop for other perennials or grasses, or as a natural screen. 'Dallas Blue' is also great for use in naturalistic gardens, mixed borders, and prairie-style plantings.

    This cultivar is known for its hardiness, disease resistance, and drought tolerance. 'Dallas Blue' is low-maintenance and requires little attention once established. It is also a great choice for attracting wildlife, as it provides food and habitat for birds and other small animals.

    Companion Plants:

    • Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' - The deep red foliage and airy plumes of this grass make a stunning contrast to the blue-green blades of 'Dallas Blue'.
    • Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' - This bold, purple coneflower adds a splash of color to the landscape and is a great complement to the blue-green foliage of 'Dallas Blue'.
    • Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' - The bright yellow-orange flowers of this milkweed create a cheerful contrast against the blue-green foliage of 'Dallas Blue'.

    Care Instructions:
    Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blue' prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. This cultivar is drought-tolerant and requires little maintenance once established. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep root system. Prune back to the ground in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

    Final Thoughts:
    Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blue' is an excellent choice for adding vertical interest and texture to your garden. Its stunning blue-green foliage and attractive seed heads make it a standout in any setting. This cultivar is low-maintenance and provides numerous benefits to both the gardener and local wildlife.