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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.

Special Requirements:

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.