Panicum virgatum Purple Tears Switchgrass



A variety of the US native Switchgrass, Panicum 'Purple Tears' displays a cloud of soft gray panicle blooms in late summer, followed by unique purple seeds heads in fall. The seeds are a real treat for goldfinches and other small birds.

Panicum 'Purple Tears' Switchgrass is drought-tolerant and adaptive to poor and wet soils. It is happiest in moderately fertile soil. It is deer-resistant and a larval host for Skipper Butterflies.

Panicum 'Purple Tears' Switchgrass would be an excellent addition to rain gardens and cottage gardens!


  • Common Names: Switchgrass, Switch Grass
  • Zones: 6-10
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Wet to Average
  • Height at Maturity: 48"
  • Width at Maturity: 24"
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will be held until late August/early September when our fall shipping season begins. We stop shipping plants every summer due to the high temperatures. We appreciate your patience!

If you'd like to receive your order before our fall season, you can leave a note for us on the Cart page before you reach checkout. Please note that we will have to wait for a window of cooler temperatures to ship. We cannot promise any particular shipping date during the summer. 


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