Hot Rod Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod' PP #26,074

SKU
40501
A compact, drought and salt tolerant, clumping grass with excellent vertical form. Blue-green foliage during the growing season turns a deep burgundy in summer. Airy purple flower panicles produce showy seed heads that provide winter interest. A haven for wintering songbirds.
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Botanical PronunciationPAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseErosion Control, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Potentilla (Potentilla); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Aster (Aster); Coneflower (Echinacea)

Easy to grow and adaptable to most soil types; prefers semi-moist to wet soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, once established. Cut old foliage back and apply a general purpose fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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