Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms' - Hanse Herms Switch Grass

Hanse Herms Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Hanse Herms'

Also called Red Switch Grass

  • AKA Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'
  • Forms a loose upright clump of arching green leaves on sturdy stems
  • Airy cloud-like silvery green panicles appear above the foliage
  • Leaves turn intense shades of red-orange, then burgundy in the fall
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 125 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



100-125 cm

80-100 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

This grass grows in a wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant, once established. Grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.

Additional Notes about Hanse Herms Switch Grass:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.