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Panicum virgatum Blue Fountain (Blue Switch Grass)

This clump-forming warm season grass features tall, pendulous blue-green leaves, while pink-tinged flower panicles appear midsummer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
7 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts pollinators
Salt tolerant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar
Patent Info PP# 28,192
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Small white daisy flowers with yellow to red centres grow atop foliage of heart-shaped toothed leaves on black stems. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
2-3 ft tall x 2-4 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Moderate salt tolerance
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant
Deer resistant
Fragrant

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(Li’l Bang™ Series) Red and yellow bicoloured flowers bloom in a compact habit on narrow-stemmed dark green foliage. Adaptable and low maintenance. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer to early fall
0.5-1 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees and butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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(Prairie Pillars™ Collection) Yellow flowers with an orange/brown centre bloom on tall stems with bright green foliage. Rapid growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened seedheads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2.5 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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(Summerific® Collection) Large dinnerplate-sized blooms of lavender pink with a small dark red eye grow on compact midnight green foliage. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to fall
3-4 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Humidity tolerant
Long blooming
Deciduous

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy deep lavender to magenta flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late-summer
3-5 ft tall x 3-5 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant

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Bright yellow ray flowers with black centres bloom on bright green, hairy foliage in a compact habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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This clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous blue-green leaves that turn blood-red, while pink-tinged flower panicles appear midsummer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
3 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts pollinators
Salt tolerant

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(Prairie Winds® Collection) This tall clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous steel blue leaves with hints of red that turn deeper shades of purple-red in autumn and fade to beige in winter, while airy golden flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
6 ft tall x 2.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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