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SwitchgrassSwitchgrass seed is planted for many purposes some of which are for forage, pasture, bio-fuels, erosion control and as an ornamental grass. Switchgrass is a native, perennial warm season grass indigenous to the Central and North American tall-grass prairie into Canada. This native grass species is eco-friendly for many reasons two of which are the need for agricultural chemicals to grow switchgrass is low to non-existent, switchgrass captures and stores carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) by enhanced soil carbon trapping. There are many varieties of switchgrass seed that are adapted to almost all regions of the USA and parts of Canada.

Growing Switchgrass

Switchgrass is a warm-season perennial bunchgrass that grows to 8-10 ft. tall (according to variety). This grass is rhizomatous and aggressive. It has open panicles to 20 inches across, leaf blades to 3/4 inch wide. Blooms late summer and fall. 

  • Origin/Range/Habitat: Nov. Scotia to WY, south to FL, AZ, Mexico and Central America.  Wet to mesic prairies, open woods, brackish marshes. 
  • Culture/uses: full sun to light shade; mesic to moist soils, good for tall grass prairie mixes, soil stabilization. Seeds attract birds.
  • Germination information: state standard = Seeds/lb. = 288,000
  • Planting rate: 10 lbs./acre for solid stand, 5 lbs./acre with flowers; 8 LB per acre drilled

Switchgrass Varieties

Dacotah was developed and released from North Dakota. Has good cold hardiness, not as tall as other varieties.

Sunburst is an upper Midwest release with good cold hardiness. Has larger seeds, making it a good source of food for wildlife. Also has good potential for biomass production.

Summer is a lush variety with heavy foliage. A South Dakota release with good cold hardiness.

Forestburg is a cold-hardy northern variety. Well suited for forage production. Prefers light to medium soils and is drought tolerant.

Nebraska 28 (NE 28) was adapted in Nebraska, and performs well in sandy, well drained soils throughout the upper Midwest. Used in conservation practices, as well as habitat creation.

Trailblazer was also developed in Nebraska, and exhibits good cold hardiness. Holds up well in the harsh northern climates. A good variety for grazing.

Blackwell is a disease resistant variety often used in many conservation practices throughout the Midwest. A Kansas release, it has good late season growth making it a popular choice in many areas.

Cave-in-Rock is very disease resistant, and a good choice for grazing due to its heavy, lush foliage. It performs well under wet, humid conditions. Plants may reach a mature height of 6-8 feet tall, depending on conditions. Does best in well-drained soils. Cave-In-Rock originated in Illinois, and performs very well throughout the Midwest. Also used in many conservation practices.

Kanlow is a lowland variety developed in Kansas. Performs well in marginal soils, and holds up to wet conditions. Performs well in the southern states, and is also good for grazing.

Alamo is the tallest of all Switchgrass varieties, reaching 8-10 feet at maturity. Released from Texas, it has late season maturity, with heavy foliage. - An Informational Website From


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Alyssum, Carpet-Snow
Alyssum, Dwarf Sw Pink
Alyssum, Dwarf Sw.Pur.
Alyssum, Sweet
Aster, Bigelow's
Aster, China
Aster, Golden
Aster, New England
Aster, Prairie
Aster, Sky Blue
Aster, Smooth
Aster, White Upland
Baby Blue-Eyes
Baby's Breath, Annual
Baby's Breath, PER.
Balsamroot, Arrowleaf
Basket of Gold
Beardtongue, Nar. Lf
Beeplant, Rocky Mtn.
Bellflower, Tussock
Bird's Eyes
Bishop's Flower
Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan Sw.
Black-Eyed Susan vine
Blazing Star
Blazing Star, Rough
Blood Flower
Bluebell, California
Bluebonnet, Texas
Bundleflower, Illinois
Candytuft, Annual
Candytuft, Perennial
Catchfly, Nodding
Chamomile, Roman
Chinese Forget-me-not
Chinese Houses
Clarkia, Deerhorn
Clover, Crimson
Clover, Prairie Purple
Clover, Prairie White
Clover, Round Bush
Columbine, Blue
Columbine, Dwarf
Columbine, Eastern
Columbine, Mix Colors
Compass Plant
Coneflower, Clasping
Coneflower, Cutleaf
Coneflower, Dwarf Red
Coneflower, Grey-Head
Coneflower, MexicanHat
Coneflower, Narrow-lf
Coneflower, Pale Purple
Coneflower, Prairie
Coneflower, Purple
Coneflower, Yellow
Coreopsis, Dwarf Lance
Coreopsis, Dwarf Plains
Coreopsis, Red Plains
Coreopsis, Lance-leaf
Coreopsis, Plains
Cornflower - Polka Dot
Cornflower, Blue
Cornflower, Dwarf Blue
Cosmos, Dwarf
Cosmos, Sulphur
Cup Plant
Daisy, African
Daisy, Creeping
Daisy, Dwarf Shasta
Daisy, Engleman
Daisy, English
Daisy, Fleabane
Daisy, Garland
Daisy, Gloriosa
Daisy, Ox-Eye
Daisy, Painted
Daisy, Shasta
Daisy, Sleepy
Daisy, Yellow
Dame's Rocket
Flax, Blue
Flax, Lewis
Flax, Scarlet

Gaillardia, Annual
Gaillardia, Per. Dwarf
Gaillardia, Perennial
Gaillardia, Yellow
Gayfeather, Thickspike
Gilia, Globe
Gilia, Scarlet
Globemallow, Goose Lf
Globemallow, Scarlet
Godetia, Dwarf
Godetia, Lilac
Goldeneye, Showy
Goldenrod, Rigid
Golden Alexander
Hyssop, Lavender
Indian Paintbrush
Iris, Wild Blue
Ironweed, Prairie
Johnny Jump-Up
Larkspur, Rocket
Larkspur, Western
Lupine, Arroyo
Lupine, Mountain
Lupine, Per. Purple
Lupine, Russell
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Mallow, Tree
Maltese Cross
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Marigold, French
Milkweed, Butterfly
Milkweed, Showy
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Mint, Lemon
Nodding Pink Onion
Partridge Pea
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Penstemon, Rocky Mtn.
Penstemon, Shelf-Leaf
Penstemon, Smooth
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Phlox, Ann. Mix Colors
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Pinks Maiden
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Poppy, Calif. Orange
Poppy, Corn
Poppy, Dwarf California
Poppy, Iceland
Poppy, Oriental
Poppy, Red Corn
Poppy, Calif.Mix Colors
Primrose, Com. Evening
Primrose, Dwarf Evening
Primrose, Pale Evening
Primrose, Showy Even.
Primrose, Tall Evening
Rattlesnake Master
Rockcress, Purple
Rockcress, White
Sage, Blue
Sage, Pitcher
Sage, Scarlet
Sagewort, Prairie
Snapdragon, Spurred
Sneezeweed, Autumn
Snow -in-summer
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Stock, Virginia
Sunflower, Maximilian
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Sweet Blk-Eyed Susan
Sweet Pea, Perennial
Thyme, Creeping
Tickseed, Leavenworth

Trefoil, Bird's Foot
Verbena, Moss
Vervain, Blue
Vervain, Hoary
Wallflower, English
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Yarrow, Gold
Yarrow, Red
Yarrow, Western
Yarrow, White
Zinnia, Classic
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