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Plant Picks: Shenandoah, an ornamental grass

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  • The ornamental grass Shenandoah offers a changing rainbow of color from later summer into autumn.

    Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

    The ornamental grass Shenandoah offers a changing rainbow of color from later summer into autumn.

WHAT: Panicum virgatum Shenandoah is a beautiful ornamental grass selected for its red-toned foliage and graceful habit.
Initially the leaf blades are green and remain so in early summer. Then they develop deep red tips by late July. The show of color peaks with burgundy autumn color.
WHY PLANT IT: This perennial, a deciduous grass, creates a fine-textured clump and is topped with a haze of beautiful burgundy seed heads in late summer.
It will not seed around in the garden.
WHERE: Switch grass loves full sun and can tolerate hot spots. Plant it in well-drained or sandy soil and provide occasional watering during dry weather.
Keep fertilizing to a minimum to prevent flopping in late summer. Once the fall color fades switch grass can be cut to the ground.
It is a great companion for fall-blooming asters and sedums.
SIZE: It grows to about 4 feet tall and slightly wider, and its leaves arch and cascade, adding a graceful element to the garden.
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