‘Prairie Fire’ red switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'

Photo/Illustration: 
courtesy of Amber Wave Nursery
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‘Prairie Fire’ red switchgrass (Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire')
PAN-ih-kum ver-GAY-tum
Genus:  Panicum
'Prairie Fire' is a distinctly red form of switchgrass. Blue-green spring foliage turns shades of deep red by early summer and butter yellow in late fall. The grass persists into winter. 'Prairie Fire' has a fibrous root system that grows to more than 10 feet deep, making it drought tolerant. -Scott Vogt, Native grasses, Fine Gardening issue #124
Care:  Plant in full sun, and divide every three years to manage the vigorous growth.
Propagation:  By division.
Problems:  Black ring, rust, smut, leaf spots, damping off.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Screening,
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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