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Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Heiliger Hain switch grass

Native to North America (selection)


Bluish green foliage on more compact plants that grow 28 inches tall, with pinkish beige flowers that rise to 48” in summer.   Foliage turns a vibrant burgundy red in autumn.  Excellent size for the landscape as well as for pots. 


3-4 ft


3 ft


3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:


Bloom Color:

Light Pink

Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain' Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators


  • Full Sun


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Container
  • Coastal
  • Rain Garden
  • Naturalizing
  • Clay Soil
  • Long Blooming
  • Interesting Foliage
  • East-Coast Native

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August
  • July
  • October

Foliage Color

  • Burgundy
  • Blue-Green

Grass Season

  • Warm Season Grass

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes


  • Hydrocarbons

Salt Tolerance

  • Low

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Wet

Plants that work well with Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Smooth blue aster Smooth blue aster (Aster laevis)
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida v. fulgida)
Wrinkle-leaf goldenrod Wrinkle-leaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
Switch grass Switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')

Substitutions for Panicum virgatum 'Heiliger Hain'

Switch grass Switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal')
Switch Grass Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze')
Red switch grass Red switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch')