Ruby Ribbons™ Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'RR1' PP #17,944

Wide, blue-green spring foliage matures into a gorgeous burgundy fall color. Beautiful plumes extend from late summer into winter. Upright form is valuable as a single specimen or as a low, finely textured screen. Use in native and wild gardens or ceramic pots. Adapts to variable moisture conditions, wet to dry.
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4 - 9

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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationPAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
Average Size at MaturityUpright foliage clumps reach 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic, Sustainable
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Highly adaptable but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 9

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