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Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum' (Switch grass 'Rubrum')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum'

Other names

Switch grass 'Rubrum'

Genus

Panicum Panicum

Variety or Cultivar

'Rubrum' _ 'Rubrum' is a narrowly upright, clump-forming perennialo grass with flat, linear, purple-red leaves turning bright red in the autumn and panicles of purple-green flower spikelets in autumn turning a chestnut brown in seed.


Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum' is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Flower

Brown in Autumn

Foliage

Green, Flushed red in Summer; Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum' (Switch grass 'Rubrum') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is medium to light and moderately fertile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum'

Other names

Switch grass 'Rubrum'

Genus

Panicum Panicum

Variety or Cultivar

'Rubrum' _ 'Rubrum' is a narrowly upright, clump-forming perennialo grass with flat, linear, purple-red leaves turning bright red in the autumn and panicles of purple-green flower spikelets in autumn turning a chestnut brown in seed.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Brown in Autumn

Foliage

Green, Flushed red in Summer; Red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Panicum virgatum 'Rubrum' (Switch grass 'Rubrum') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is medium to light and moderately fertile.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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