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Panicum virgatum Cheyenne Sky (Red Switch Grass)

(Prairie Winds® Collection) This clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous blue-green leaves that turn wine-red in summer, while purple flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
3 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Full Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar
Patent Info PP23209
Brand Proven Winners

Tiny dark blue and off-white star-shaped flowers hold a yellow centre. Narrow green hairy leaves make a thick foliage. Moderate growth rate.

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

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(Satin & Lace™ Series) Raspberry red flowers sport a vibrant eye and white accents on the ends of the petals. Feathery, bright green, threadleaf foliage forms a strong, upright clumping habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid summer to early fall
1.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees and butterflies
Drought tolerant

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(Cara Mia™ Series) Masses of double raspberry-pink flowers that, once fully bloomed, resemble puffballs, grow tall above deep 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
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Fragrant

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Large dinnerplate-sized blooms of vibrant fuchsia with an airbrushed white centre halo around a small dark red eye grow on compact dark 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)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Humidity tolerant
Long blooming
Deciduous

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy blooms of purple flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. The bright green, narrow grass-like foliage keeps its colour all season. Slow growth rate.

Blooms early summer
3-4 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Masses of bright yellow ray flowers with dark brown centres bloom on bright green, hairy foliage in a compact habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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(Prairie Winds® Collection) This clump-forming warm season grass features grey-green leaves that turn rosy-red-tinted, while pink-tinged flower panicles appear midsummer. Moderate growth rate.

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

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This tall, clump-forming warm season grass features pendulous glaucous blue leaves that turn beige in summer, while airy golden flower panicles appear in late summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer
HARDY to -30°F (-34°C)
5-7 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Salt tolerant

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