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Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

switch grass 'Warrior'

Family

Poaceae


Panicum can be annual or perennial, evergreen or deciduous grasses, with flat, narrowly lanceolate leaves, with large finely branched panicles of small spikelets in late summer or autumn

'Warrior' is a deciduous perennial grass forming a clump of flat, linear leaves turning yellow in autumn, and large purple flowering panicles

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in mid-spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free