Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'

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Apache Rose Switch Grass

Switch grass was an important part of the tall grass prairie providing an important food source and winter shelter for a range of insects, small mammals and birds, even bison. Apache Rose switch grass is an upright grass of about four feet in height and about two-three feet in width. Spring foliage is a bluish-green which develops rose-pink leaf tips and panicles in the fall. Like most switch grasses, Apache Rose is extremely versatile and can cope with a range of soil types from sandy to clay and shade conditions although it prefers full sun.

Because of its versatility it can be used in a range of conditions such as rain gardens, stabilization of eroding banks, and black walnut. Since Apache Rose is mostly grown for its ornamental value, it is generally retained for its autumn and winter interest. Cut back the foliage to near ground level in late winter.

Plant Shape:
Full Sun
Bloom Time:
July - August
September - October
Bloom Color:
Landscape Use:
Bedding or Border
Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest:
Attracts Birds
Resistant To Deer
Plant Type:
Hardiness Zone:
4 - 9