Very nice ornamental grass, one of my favorites. Similar to Shenandoah Switch grass but shorter in height and narrower in width. Good fall color. Good size for smaller garden bed or yard
Prairie Winds® 'Cheyenne Sky' Red Switch Grass Panicum virgatum
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Forms a dense, upright clump of blue-green leaves that turn wine red in early summer. Purple flower panicles appear just above the foliage in late summer. This petite red grass is ideal for containers.Foliage InterestFall InterestWinter InterestDrought TolerantSalt TolerantErosion ControlResists:DeerGrass:GrassNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 InchesSpacing:18 InchesSpread:18 InchesFlower Colors:TanFlower Shade:TanFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:RedHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Poor SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
One of the easiest ornamental grasses to grow in full sun. Does well in any soil from sand to clay. Cut back in spring before new growth appears.Prairie Winds® 'Cheyenne Sky' Panicum virgatum USPP 23,209
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Pat, Iowa, United States, 7 years ago
Christie Senne, Montana, United States, 9 years ago
I have probably a dozen of Cheyenne Sky growing at the edge of a large pond in INdiana. We planted them for erosion control and wanted mostly native plants. They are lovely. They rustle in the wind and create a "wave" effect. Ones that get more moisture get fuller and redder. It looks great with these other plants at the edge: Russian sage, white heath asters, echinacea, helenium (mardi gras), monarda, lance-leaf coreopsis, gallardia, amsonia, rudbeckia, among others. Cheyenne Sky stands out beautifully. We have other taller switchgrass as well , but Cheyenne Sky gets all the compliments.mary, 11 years ago