Panicum virgatum 'Purple Tears'

Switch Grass

Photo courtesy of Prides Corner Farms

  • Green foliage all season
  • Grey-green flowers
  • Upright, narrow habit
  • Purple seed heads in late summer
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Cold Tolerant
Cold Tolerant
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in average, medium to wet soils. It will even tolerate dry soil once established. Full sun to light shade is best

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 18-24 in
Price Level 1: $29.99~#2
Bloom Color: Green, Purple
Zone: 4-10

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Mass Planting
  • Border or Bed
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Focal Point
  • Garden
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Dried Flower/ Foliage
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Fall

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Dry Soil