Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

2 litre pot £16.99
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Buy Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' switch grass: Striking red foliage

This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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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The right plant in the right place!


Just the right red to ream with Cornus Midwinter Fire.

Green Fingers



Healthy plants


Received healthy plants and doing well in the garden.

Botany Belle

West Midlands


New addition


Have not used before, but it is looking really good and a wise addition to the gravel/grass border.




I would buy this again


Attractive plant used as a backdrop to smaller ground creeping plants - adds height and colour.

Dangerous Dave



Colourful addition to the garden


Contrary to the other reviewer, our nine of these have grown really well, and faithfully come back each year. Low maintenance.





4.6 5


Is it best to plant grasses in groups of 3? How many grasses would I need to put in a new gravel garden which is roughly 9m x 12m. Which would you recommend for this dry area.


Hello, As a general rule plants always look best when planted in odd numbers, so 1,3's, 5's 7's etc. We do have a selection of grasses that show tolerance to drought once established - please click on the following link to go straight to them. As for the quantities, this is hard to calculate as it will depend on the type of grasses you opt for as they grow to different heights and spreads. Also gravel gardens are not usually planted to capacity, so it depends how much gravely you want to see.


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