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Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod'


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


Zone Hardiness: 4-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Red

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Deciduous

Type: Grass

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


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.

Award: GPP

Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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