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‘Prairie Fire’ red switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'

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‘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

CarePlant in full sun, and divide every three years to manage the vigorous growth.

PropagationBy division.

ProblemsBlack ring, rust, smut, leaf spots, damping off.

  • Genus : Panicum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage
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