- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 3-4' tall
- Mature Width: 3-4' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 3-4' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, cardinals, juncos, sparrows, and doves
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Switchgrass?
A wildlife wonder-Fringe! Switch Grass is a must-have for your wildlife-friendly garden. This bountiful native feeds countless insects with its handsome foliage, including many species of butterflies, moths, leafhoppers, grasshoppers, aphids, and plant bugs. But don’t worry that these critters will devour your plants! Songbirds will come to the rescue and keep populations in check. Many birds, such as cardinals, juncos, sparrows, and Mourning Doves will also be grateful for Switch Grass’s nutritious seeds in fall. In rural areas, stands of Switch Grass make great winter cover for ducks and gamebirds. Invaluable!
Switch Grass is an American Fringe that is native to basically the whole country except for the West Coast states, Alaska, and Hawaii. It is most fondly associated with the midwestern tallgrass prairie, where it once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with perennial Sunflowers, Big Bluestem, and other prairie plants for miles in all directions. With a sturdy root system that could delve down 10 feet in the loamy prairie soil, it was very resistant to drought and could spring back to life after wildfires. Unstoppable! In modern prairie restorations, it is often burned every few years in spring to help spur lush new growth.
How to use in the landscape?
It’s not just for the animals! Even if it didn’t provide so many benefits to birds and bugs, Switch Grass would be a wonderful addition to your landscape by virtue of its beauty. Standing firmly upright, it makes a statuesque column of fine foliage. The airy summer flowers and fall seedheads add a delicate touch.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 3-4' tall
Mature Width: 3-4' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 3-4' apart
How To Plant
Switch Grass is bulletproof. Simply plant it in a sunny location in any type of soil and provide regular irrigation during the establishment period. Once it has put down roots, it will be fairly drought tolerant. Switch Grass is also tolerant of periodic flooding, making it a good component in a rain garden. Icy weather doesn’t faze it either—ice may flatten it temporarily, but as soon as it melts, this perky Fringe pops right back up again. In late winter or early spring, cut back the old growth with manual or electric hedge trimmers or a bow saw to clear the way for new growth. Be patient—Switch Grass is one of the last plants to emerge in spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9