Photo: Blackstem Plants
Panicum virgatum 'Emerald Chief'
This long lived, tough perennial grass is easy to grow and undemanding.
It has a graceful, sturdy habit and is outstanding for naturalising in meadows.
In the garden it will tolerate a wide range of soil types forming stiff, upright, vivid green mounds that slowly turn yellow by autumn.
In late summer pink flowers shimmer above the stiff erect foliage. These turn a beautiful shade of gold by late autumn and will stand for much of the winter.
It's a late season grass, only starting into growth when the weather begins to warm the soil, so don't panic if it seems a bit behind other plants as it will soon catch up.
The Panicum genus is native to North America where they can be found growing in very different habitats, from stream-sides to hot, dry prairie.
'Emerald Chief' is a German seed selection specifically bred to maximise all the virtues of this tough group of grasses. Very desirable. Deciduous.
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Pink, then golden
Well drained, moist
Full sun, partial shade