Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch' - Red Ray Switch Grass

Red Ray Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbusch'

Also called Red Switch Grass

  • Forms a dense upright clump of green leaves with slight hints of red
  • Airy clouds of pinkish panicles shimmer above the foliage
  • Leaves turn an intense dark red in late summer, starting at the tips
  • The foliage and flower turn beige-brown for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 125 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



100-125 cm

60-90 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

This grass grows in a 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 Red Ray 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.