Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'
Description: A switchgrass suitable for the smaller garden as shorter and clump forming. The narrow upright clump consists of flat mid-green leaves turning reddish-purple in autumn. Plumes of weeping panicles of tiny, pink-flushed flowers in late summer which turn dark wine red in autumn and fade to straw colour for winter display.
Good when used as a soft screen or in a mixed border when planted with autumn flowering herbaceous plants.
Climate/Position: Plant in full sun for the best colours.
Height/Spread: 1metres x 75cm. Clump forming.
Soil Requirements: Wide range of soils. When established is drought tolerant.
Pruning: Cut back all stems to ground level at the start of spring - late Feb - March.
Mulching with well-rotted compost to protect the roots over the winter. Lifting and dividing every three to four years helps to maintain vigour of the plant.