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Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch / Switch Grass

    Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch / Switch Grass


    Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch, commonly known as Red Switchgrass, is an ornamental grass with striking foliage that adds beauty and texture to any garden. This cultivar features bright green foliage that turns deep burgundy-red in the fall, providing a dramatic and eye-catching display.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 90-120 cm (36-48 in)
    • Spread: 60-90 cm (24-36 in)
    • Flower color: Purple-bronze
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage: Green turning to deep burgundy-red in fall
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining, moist soil
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways, including as a border or edging plant, as part of a mixed perennial bed, or in mass plantings to create a stunning display of color and texture.

    This ornamental grass is known for its hardiness, drought tolerance, and disease resistance, making it a low-maintenance addition to any garden. Its striking foliage and unique coloration also provide visual interest throughout the growing season.

    Companion Plants:

    • Penstemon 'Dark Towers' - The pink flowers and reddish foliage of this beardtongue provide a beautiful contrast to the burgundy foliage of Panicum.
    • Echinops ritro - The spiky blue-grey flowers of this globe thistle provide a stunning contrast to the fine texture of Panicum.
    • Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me' - The red flowers of this daylily provide a beautiful contrast to the blue-green foliage of Panicum.

    Care Instructions:
    Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch prefers well-draining soil that is kept consistently moist, especially during the growing season. This ornamental grass is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and can be grown in full sun to partial shade. It should be watered deeply and regularly during periods of drought, but avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot.

    In early spring, cut back any dead or damaged foliage to encourage new growth. The plant may also benefit from an application of slow-release fertilizer in early spring.

    Final Thoughts:
    Panicum virgatum Rotstrahlbusch is a beautiful and hardy ornamental grass that provides year-round interest and requires minimal maintenance. Its striking foliage and unique coloration make it a standout addition to any garden, while its tolerance for a wide range of growing conditions makes it a versatile choice for any landscape design.