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Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod'

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Will begin shipping Apr 4th 2022 . Ship by date varies based on your location, hardiness zone, and the maturity level of the plant. If you have a specific shipping time request, please add it in the comments for your order.

Common Name:
Hot Rod Switch Grass
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Sun to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
36-48 Inches
Garden Spread:
24-36 Inches
  • Highly colorful variety
  • Blue-green leaves become dark burgundy
  • Songbirds love the seeds

Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod' is an upright and sturdy ornamental grass that makes an impact in the garden. The blades emerge bluish-green and then quickly darken to red until the entire plant is deep maroon. It turns red earlier than other Panicum varieties. Switch grass is a very important component of the tallgrass prairie that used to cover much of the eastern United States, and this variety is a wonderful choice for extended landscape interest in your own yard. U.S. native.

Uses: Bogs, Borders, Erosion Control, Landscapes, Mass Plantings, Naturalizing, Pond Edges, Rain Gardens, Screening, Stream Banks, Xeriscaping
Nature Attraction: Birds
Critter Resistance: Deer Resistant
Notable Features: Colorful Foliage, Cut Flowers, Tolerates Drought, Salt, & Pollution, Native
Growth Habit: Upright

Homeowner Growing Tips: Prefers full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil, though adaptable to most soils. Cut to 3" - 4" in late winter. Divide from mid-spring to early summer, if necessary.

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