January 2021: Switchgrass, Panicum Virgatum
We usually think of grasses as being useful additions to our gardens during the growing months, but winter grasses can add interest to the winter garden if left uncut. In addition, the seeds provide food for birds while the dry stems provide cover and shelter for birds and small animals.
Switchgrass is native to much of the United States and is a common tall prairie grass. It is easy to grow and adaptable to many habitats. It is not fussy about soil or water and likes sun to partial sun. Switchgrass is perennial and self-seeding. It is the host plant for several varieties of moths and butterflies.
The Four Seasons Garden has Switchgrass for you to see.
For more detailed information about Switchgrass, Panicum Virgatum check out the NCSU Plant Toolbox – Switchgrass