Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire' (Switch Grass)

Height: 4-5 feet
Spread: 18-24 inches
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Tolerates a wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils.
Description: ‘Prairie Fire’ is a switch grass cultivar prized for its tall, upright, blue-green foliage that turns deep wine red early in the season. It is a cross between Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' and Panicum virgatum 'Rotstrahlbush'. Stems retain good upright form. The foliage is topped in late summer by large, finely-textured, rose-tinted flower panicles that eventually fade to beige in fall. Seed plumes often persist throughout winter.

Photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden
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