This native Switch Grass variety presents a season-long color parade as the blue-green base foliage deepens gradually into wine-red shades. Ornamental seed heads draw doves, buntings, and juncos to the garden and stand out in the winter garden long after the first snowfall.
Grasses, all from the family Poaceae, are as variable as people, and are widely used as foliage plants in successful gardens throughout the world. The value of these long-lived and low-maintenance perennials comes from the varied colors and textures of their foliage as well as their striking flower spikes. From earliest spring into the dead of winter, they offer an arresting display that complements flowering plants while making an elegant statement on their own.
Upright foliage clumps reach 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.