Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-average
- Flowering period: August and September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica Rubra), this grass starts off with green, strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June, and produces light, airy flower panicles in summer. In autumn, the foliage turns a spectacular deep burgundy. It likes full sun, and unlike Imperata, can cope with dry summers. Try it in small groups among taller grasses, or against tall perennials.
- Garden care: Cut it back when it starts to look tatty. Lift and divide between mid-spring and summer.
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