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‘Ruby Ribbons’ switch grass

Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'

Panicum Ruby Ribbons’ soft blue-green foliage emerges in the spring on upright, clumping plants. The foliage takes on a wine-red color in early summer, which intensifies as the season progresses. Flower heads appear in late summer, followed by ornamental seed heads, which, if left uncut, provide long-lasting winter interest.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRed, airy seed heads; blue-green foliage turns burgundy-red in mid-summer.

CareWater regularly, do not overwater.

PropagationBy dividing the rootball.

Problems Information provided by Santa Rosa Gardens

  • Genus : Panicum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers, Front Yard, Sun
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads

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