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Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' (USDA zones: 4 to 9).
Switchgrass is a warm-season grass, which means that it doesn't grow until the soil has really warmed up. But apart from wanting warmth, this is a seriously tough grass that tolerates poor, dry soils and is deer resistant. By June the dusky green blades are tipped with burgundy, the color intensifying as fall approaches. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy the light shining through the foliage, a truly magical effect.
TIPS: Plant any time that the soil is warm — usually from June through September. Many pot-grown grasses become root bound, so loosen up the root ball with your fingers before planting in average, well-drained soil and full sun. No fertilizer or special soil amendments are needed. Water regularly during its first season.