- Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 24 - 30 Inches
- Mature Spread 24 - 30 Inches
- Growing Zones 4 - 9
Switchgrass adds height, color, and texture to a landscape while requiring very little care. The Cape Breeze Switchgrass or Panicum virgatum is a lovely specimen with broad, narrow foliage that arches and gently sways. The green foliage has a slight purple hue early in the season and has bronze accents by fall. Tall panicles, or flower spikes, stand above the foliage and create a feathery, cloud-like texture.
The Cape Breeze Switchgrass is a tall grass that can lend a bed or border texture or can cover a foundation wall. This plant is native, so it requires minimal care once acclimated, making it an excellent option for gardeners who are not very involved. Pollinators enjoy the flowers, but the foliage is deer-resistant for added convenience. Grow this grass as a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 9.
Cape Breeze Switchgrass Care
Full sun and rich soil that is moist but well-drained is necessary for this plant. Cape Breeze Switchgrass is drought-tolerant but water to keep the foliage healthy during a dry period. An application of fertilizer each spring will ensure continued growth.
The foliage stays in place all year, providing consistent visual interest. Trim back dead growth in the spring to support new foliage.
Cape Breeze Switchgrass Spacing
Cape Breeze Switchgrass will grow 24 to 30 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide. Plant switchgrass 20 to 24 inches apart.
Cape Breeze Switch Grass Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9|
|Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 24 - 30 Inches|
|Mature Spread: 20 - 24 Inches|
|Spacing: 20 - 24 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Flower Description: Ivory|
|Bloom Period: Summer|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Tolerates: Drought, Salt|
|Attracts: Birds, Butterflies|
|Uses: Erosion Control, Groundcovers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America|
|Brand: American Beauties Native Plants|
|Common Name: Cape Breeze Switch Grass|
|Scientific Name: PANICUM VIRGATUM `CAPE BREEZE`|
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- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.