Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 20-24"
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall, seed heads persist into winter
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Prairie Winds® Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23,209
A striking selection of this sturdy and colorful native Fringe

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Gorgeous! Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass offers vibrant color and a handsome habit. Its strongly upright shape will become a striking vertical element in the beds and borders around your home, and its rich colors will make a bold statement. In spring, Cheyenne Sky’s leaf blades shoot straight up in a cool blue-green column. In summer, showy purple highlights begin to appear, becoming more profuse as autumn approaches. Cheyenne Sky is easy to grow, too! Native to much of the U.S., it adapts easily to all sorts of situations, performing like a champ.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 20-24"
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall, seed heads persist into winter
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Switch Grass is an American Fringe that is native to basically the whole country except for the West Coast states, Alaska, and Hawaii. It is most fondly associated with the Midwestern tall-grass prairie, where it once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with perennial Sunflowers, Big Bluestem, and other prairie plants for miles in all directions. Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass originated in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Plantsman Gary Trucks selected it from a crop he grew in 2002. It stood out for its rigidly upright habit, its rich purple tones, and its early coloring. He introduced it to the public in 2009.

The Details

Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass has that perfect combination of attributes to please the impatient gardener: it is a fast grower, yet it stays compact. This Fringe will bulk up quickly and make a great show, but it will never overwhelm the space it’s given. It looks sharp in a pot, too.

How to Grow

Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass is bulletproof. Simply plant it in a sunny location in any type of soil and provide regular irrigation during the establishment period. Once it has put down roots, it will be fairly drought tolerant. Cheyenne Sky is also tolerant of periodic flooding, making it a good component in a rain garden. Icy weather doesn’t faze it either—ice may flatten it temporarily, but as soon as it melts, this perky Fringe pops right back up again. In late winter or early spring, cut back the old growth with manual or electric hedge trimmers or a bow saw to clear the way for new growth. Be patient—Switch Grass is one of the last plants to emerge in spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 2-3'
Avg Mature Width 1.5-2'
Spacing 20-24"
Fall Leaf Color Deep WIne Red
Flower Color Burgundy Red
Foliage Color Blue Green
Bloom Time Summer into Fall, seed heads persist into winter
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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