|Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'
|USDA Zone: 4-9
Cape Breeze Switch Grass features airy plumes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall. Its attractive grassy leaves are bluish-green in colour with hints of powder blue. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of rose and gold in the fall. The tan seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early to late fall. The tan stems can be quite attractive.
This sturdy, compact selection forms an upright clump of blue-green leaves; airy, pink plumes appear in late summer; foliage turns a beautiful gold in late fall; perfect as a landscape accent, or along borders; great for erosion control.
Cape Breeze Switch Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Container Planting
Companion Plants: Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Tickseed, Sedum, Blanket Flower
Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental Grass
|More About Cape Breeze Switch Grass
Cape Breeze Switch Grass does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.
Switch grass gets its name from the peaceful swishing sound it makes when blowing in the wind. All parts of this grass are very sturdy, and will remain standing thru winter unless snows are heavy. This provides important cover for birds during the coldest days of winter. This grass is very versitile from a design standpoint; it is effective as a specimen, in masses, for screening, alongside ponds or streams, or even in large containers.
Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.
Cape Breeze Switch Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container.
Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
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