Red Switch Grass
Fits just about anywhere in your garden!
We love a plant that isn’t finicky. No matter whether you are a master gardener or don’t know the difference between a spade and a hoe, a plant that will work just about anywhere is always welcome.
Red Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch) is one of those plants. What kind of soil do you have? Is it average? Medium? Moist, sandy or clay? Does it flood every now and then? Red Switch Grass will thrive there. (As a matter of fact, if your soil is too rich it might even flop a little bit. This grass wants to keep its street cred.) What about the sun? Does it beat down like the Sahara or does it play hide and seek with the garden? Red Switch Grass works in both situations.
Once an important part of the tall grass prairie that covered most of the central continental USA, this native is easy to grow, easy to care for, easy to love.
It grows in 3-5 foot tall clumps of stiff, vertical bunches of strappy leaves that gracefully curl down as the season’s progress. It starts out a silvery green, but by autumn has blushed to the burgundy red that it is named after.
Red Switch Grass is a fine specimen plant in the border or bed, but really stands out in mass plantings. Try it along a pond, in a boggy area, or by a driveway. Wherever you try it, you are sure to appreciate its beauty and ease.
* Very easy care
* Fast Growing
* Bird friendly
* Showy fall color
* Great for rain gardens, bogs and ponds
* Sun or part shade
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'|
|Mature Height||2 to 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||1 to 2 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|