Panicum virgatum 'Dust Devil' PPAF
  Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
Common Name (Alternative): Switch Grass
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Neither rain nor wind will knock this solid grass down!  ‘Dust Devil’ is a very durable grass that will grow well under less than ideal garden conditions.

Standing just over 4 feet tall in full bloom, this grass is 1-2 feet shorter than comparable varieties such as ‘Northwind’ or ‘Heavy Metal’.  Its blue-green to green foliage forms a strictly upright, dense clump. In the fall, the tips of the leaves are flushed with a hint of deep purplish red. 

Wine purple flower panicles are produced in late summer, blooming in the middle of the dense foliage and extending just about 6 inches above the clump.  The flowers turn tan as they age. 

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.

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Intro Year: 2010

Breeder: Gary Trucks of Amber Wave Gardens

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  48-54 Inches
Spread:
  32 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Modern
  Rain Garden
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 20ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Grown for attractive foliage
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Panicum is native grass that is very easy to grow and is a good grass for beginners. It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy. Panicum is wind and salt tolerant, making it a good choice for seaside gardens or along roads that are salted in winter.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Weed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low'
Common Name: Catmint
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Maestro' PP20094
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aster dumosus 'Wood's Purple'
Common Name: Aster-New York
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.