Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
is a summer perennial grass that is native to North America. It is a natural
component of the tall-grass prairie which covered most of the Great Plains, as
well as the south and eastern United States.
Switchgrass is a native
prairie plant that grows about 10 feet tall.
The plant is a perennial.
It greatly reduces soil
The dense mat of roots
stores up to 80% of the carbon contained in the plant.
It is resistant to many pests
and plant diseases, and it is capable of producing high yields with very low
applications of fertilizer. This means that the need for agricultural
chemicals to grow switchgrass is low to non-existent.
Switchgrass also is very
tolerant of poor soils, flooding and drought.