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. Haense Herms switch grass is an upright grass of about six feet in height and three feet in width. Spring foliage is a bluish-green which turns tan by fall and persists throughout the winter months if the plant is not cut back. Like most switch grasses, Haense Herms 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 Haense Herms 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.