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Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'

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Prairie Winds Apache Rose Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose') at Bast Brothers Garden Center

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Group/Class:  Prairie Winds® Collection

Brand:  Proven Winners


This sturdy selection forms a towering, upright clump of striking gray-green leaves; airy, rose colored plumes appear in late summer; leaf tips are tinted rose in fall; perfect as a landscape accent, or along borders

Ornamental Features

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass features airy plumes of rose flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to late fall. Its attractive grassy leaves are bluish-green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of rose and gold in the fall. The brown seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from late summer to mid fall. The tan stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Prairie Winds® Apache Rose Switch Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features