Panicum virgatum Prairie Fire

available late May

Panicum virgatum Prairie Fire

Red Switch Grass

About This Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire' is a tremendous improvement over older red Panicums. The blue-green foliage begins to turn wine red by early summer. The rosy flower panicles appear just above the foliage. The clump habit is upright and non spreading.

  • Height: 122 - 152 cm (48-60 in)
  • Spread: 76 - 91 cm (30-36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: Sun
  • Bloom Time: late Summer
  • Leaf Colour: blue-green turning wine red
  • Bloom Colour: deep pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Panicum is a very easy native grass that is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. It prefers moist, fertile soil but will grow in any soil from sand to clay. It is drought tolerant once established. It will perform best in full sun, flopping over if it gets too much shade. It is tolerant of wind and salt making it a good choice for a more exposed site or an area that might be salted in the winter.