A medium-sized switch grass with strongly upright blue-green foliage that quickly turns to burgundy-red as the sun heats up.
Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod' is a medium-sized switch grass with strongly upright, blue-green foliage that quickly turns to burgundy-red as the sun heats up in summer. Colours begin to deepen earlier than other cultivars and become richer and richer as the season progresses until the whole plant is burgundy. Airy flowers are pretty held in a cloud above the foliage.
Common Name: Switch Grass
Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Zone Hardiness: 4-10
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Primary Bloom Colour: Red
Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist, Drought Tolerant
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Prairies and in openings and savannas throughout the eastern United States. It is one of the co-dominant grass species of the original tallgrass prairie.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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