Blackwell switchgrass is a warm-season, native, perennial species that was originally one of the major species of the Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem of the central United States. Blackwell switchgrass was originally collected on native prairie near Blackwell, Oklahoma. It produces a high level of biomass and is a prolific seed producer, giving it value as both a forage and soil stabilizing species. Switchgrass is a sod forming grass that is 3 to 5 feet tall and has deep (10 feet or more) roots.
Good pasture forage and hay for livestock and wildlife. Provides cover and food for upland game birds and small mammals.
Planting: Plant late spring-early summer at a rate of 1.5-2.5 pure live seed (PLS) per square foot at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
Soil: Sandy to sandy loam
Height: 3-5 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial