Hot Rod Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Hot Rod'

Also called Red Switch Grass

  • Forms a tight upright clump of blue-green foliage, turning burgundy in early summer
  • Foliage darkens even more in mid-summer before turning to beige-brown for the winter
  • Airy red-burgundy flowers turn to tan
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to mid-fall
  • Flower height: 125 cm
  • Foliage height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



100-125 cm

90-100 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 Hot Rod 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.