Blood Brothers Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Blood Brothers'

Also called Red Switch Grass

  • A Canadian introduction
  • Forms a tight upright clump of blue-green foliage
  • Airy burgundy-red cloud-like panicles, 30 cm long, rise above the foliage
  • Blade tips develop blood-red tones by midsummer becoming more prominent throughout the season
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to mid-fall
  • Flower Height: 150 cm
  • Foliage Height: 60 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



80-150 cm

50-70 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

This grass grows in wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant once established. Grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.

Additional Notes about Blood Brothers Switch Grass:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.



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