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Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Shenandoah switch grass), close-up of inflorescence

digital color photograph
Digitization Status
Born digital
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Shenandoah switch grass), ornamental grass, switch grass, is an Illinois native grass which was an important component of the tallgrass prairie which once covered large areas of this State, is generally noted for its stiff columnar form and typically retains its vertical shape throughout the growing season, 'Shenandoah' features some of the best burgundy-red foliage of the many panicum cultivars currently available, foliage emerges bluish-green but rapidly turns burgundy-red (by late June) to form a compact narrow erect 3' tall clump of foliage which is topped in summer by finely-textured reddish-pink flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud, when in flower the panicles may bring total plant height to 6'