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Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum

Family: (Poaceae) Grasses

Habitat: Moist prairies, open woodlands

Height: 2-7 ft.

Bloom Period: August - October

Description: Often found together with Eastern Gamagrass. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Leaves turn bright yellow in fall. Forms large clumps which persist in winter.

The Wildlife Connection: Used both for shelter and food. Leaves and seeds eaten by a number of species. Larval host for many skippers and satyrs.

Switchgrass
Switchgrass

Mike Haddock, Kansas State University

Switchgrass
Switchgrass

Mike Haddock, Kansas State University

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