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Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue' (Bitter switchgrass, Switchgrass)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue' PAN-ih-kum ah-MAR-um Common Name: Bitter switchgrass, Switchgrass Genus: Panicum
A stunning, native dune grass, 'Dewey Blue' is perfect for coastal areas as well as inland gardens. Heat, drought, and humidity won't faze its noticeably graceful habit. This grass has exceptional blue foliage and a vigorous constitution. Airy, light beige flowers emerge in late summer and fall, persisting well into winter for a long season of interest. 'Dewey Blue' grows 4 to 5 feet tall and almost as wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: Attractive powder blue foliage in a fountain-like form distinguishes this U.S. native beach grass.
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained soil.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Fall; Late Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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