Panicum virgatum

Switchgrass grows from 3-6’ tall and is widely used for soil conservation, and most recently has shown promise for biomass fuels. It is best adapted to lower areas of moist soils, but it is also drought resistant, salt and acid tolerant, and winter hardy. The earliest maturing grass, Its high yield capability is well documented; many instances of Switchgrass yielding four tons per acre in one cutting with high amounts of regrowth before frost are common. It can be found at elevations up to 7,000 ft.

Lifespan: Perennial
Season: Warm
Origin: Native
Soil: Sandy, Silty, Clay, Loam
Habitat: Rangelands, Dry gravely slopes, Meadows, Ditch banks, Foothills, Prairies, Plains

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