Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' - Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Cheyenne Sky Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Winds®' (Cheyenne Sky)

Also called Red Switch Grass

  • Proven Winners® ColorChoice®
  • Forms a tight upright clump of blue-green foliage
  • Airy burgundy-red cloud-like panicles, 30 cm long, rise above the foliage
  • Leaves turn dark wine-red in late summer, starting at the tips
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 100 cm
  • Foliage Height: 60 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



60-100 cm

50-70 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 Cheyenne Sky 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.