'Kanlow', a lowland-type switchgrass, is a warm-season perennial bunchgrass native to the United States. 'Kanlow' is very productive and commonly used for hay, pasture, soil conservation, wildlife, and a source for the biofuels industry.
'Kanlow' was developed and released by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Crops Research Division, ARS/USDA. Germplasm used in the development of 'Kanlow' was collected near Wetunka, OK in 1957. 'Kanlow' is well-adapted to wetland situations and tolerates inundation for extended periods of time. 'Kanlow' produces substantial dry matter by reaching heights to over 8 feet, very course stems, and very leafy. 'Kanlow' is well adapted to a large region of central U.S. and although performs best on lowland soils, it persists and produces on marginal upland soils also. 'Kanlow' flowers earlier than both 'Alamo' and 'Cimarron' but is approximately two weeks later than 'Caddo', an upland type.