Switch Grass

Switch_Grass_jpgIn cultivated areas Switch Grass is often a weed.  Small birds eat the fruit.  Switch Grass helps to prevent soil erosion.

OtherCommonName:

Thatch Grass, Black Bent

ScientificName:

Panicum virgatum

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

4 to 6 feet

FruitingTime:

Late July to late September

Distribution:

In New Jersey, throughout the coastal strip in all but the 5 northern counties

FloweringTime:

Late July to late September

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Inflorescence to 14 inches long, branches hairlike, slender, purplish ~ Leaves 2-3 inches long , 1/2 wide, green in summer, reddish in fall and tan in winter ~ Upright clump with stout rhizomes bearing scales ~ Cloudy inflorescence dark red to purple fading to beige