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What is Switchgrass?
Last Updated:  06/25/2015 06:30:20 AM

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 erosion.

  • 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.

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