Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

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Cape Breeze 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. Cape Breeze switch grass is a compact upright grass of about three feet in height and about two feet in width. Spring foliage is a bluish-green and in late summer the yellowish seed heads are held gracefully. Like most switch grasses, Cape Breeze 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 Cape Breeze is mostly grown for its ornamental value, it is generally retained for its autumn and winter interest while also providing shelter for wildlife. Cut back the foliage to near ground level in late winter.

Plant Shape:
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Bloom Time:
May - June
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