A mixture of three different varieties of switchgrass, two
medium kinds. The tallest switchgrass will grow 6 to 8 foot tall.
The purpose of native grass planting is to establish a cover
of native grasses that will enhance the landscape. Once you get switchgrass
established it will provide cover 15 to 20 years.
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a vigorous warm season, native perennial
grass which can be planted for many purposes including livestock
grazing, wildlife cover. Switchgrass begins growth in
late spring and continues through the summer if
moisture is available. It grows 3 to 6 feet in small to large sodded clumps
that spread slowly from rhizomes. The leaves have a bluish cast and
can attain a length of 2 feet. Under native conditions it is usually found along creeks, streams
and protected areas, but establishment and productivity has been best in
fields with loam to sandy loam soils. Plant 10 to 15 pounds per acre.