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Panicum virgatumPanicum virgatum

switchgrass

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES

Characteristics

Height: 3-6'
Flowers: Jul.-Oct.

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Dry Moist Wet
Soil pH: 4.5-8
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy

Habitat

fresh and brackish tidal and nontidal marshes, wet meadows, open woods, prairies, dunes

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD VA WV DE NY PA

Wildlife

Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal *

Notes

food for sparrow species; grows in clumps; controls erosion



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1291.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004