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Panicum virgatum L. (switch grass), leaves

digital color photograph
Digitization Status
Born digital
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Panicum virgatum L. (switch grass), ornamental grass, clump-forming warm season native grass which was an important component of the tallgrass prairie which once covered large areas of the State of Illinois, noted for its stiff columnar form typically retaining its vertical shape throughout the growing season, foliage typically growing to 3' tall, flower panicles may bring total plant height to 6', leaves are medium green turning yellow (sometimes with orange tints) in autumn, fading to tan-beige in winter, foliage clump is topped in mid-summer by finely-textured pink-tinged branched flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud, panicles turn beige as the seeds mature in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter