Native switchgrass is easy to grow and great for beginners. Forming 4’-5’ tall clumps, ‘Prairie Fire’ has strong vertical/upright stems that develop blue/green and pull in streaks of burgundy and red early in the summer. Most switchgrass takes most of the season to develop red-streaks, but not ‘Prairie Fire’. You’ll start to see the characteristic reds streak through the leaves as the grass is still reaching maturity early in the summer. In late summer the grass will extend rose colored panicles that rise gently above the foliage, making for an elaborate show late in the summer and well into the winter. Many gardeners focus solely on the visual elements of gardening. Color, texture and orientation all play a big role in visual garden design. Switchgrass has many stunning visual characteristics, but the peaceful swishing and rustling sounds it makes in a gentle breeze will also enhance the soundscape of your garden. Switchgrass is a very versatile plant. It can be used as a specimen plant to break up a garden and offer important vertical height and unique textures. It can be used to provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, especially en masse, it can be an effective plant for creating a screen or break, and makes an excellent plant for large containers.
|Bloom Color:||Red shades|
|Bloom Period:||Late summer to fall - heads remain upright in winter|
|Genus & Species:||Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'|
|Mature Height:||4 to 5 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||18 to 24 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||16 inches or more|
|Planting Depth:||Crown even with the soil|
|Planting Time:||Spring or Fall Planting|
|Soil Type:||Well drained, low water requirements|
|Sun Exposure:||Full Sun|
|Zone:||4 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'
Switchgrass is a versatile and easy to grow native. It tolerates almost all conditions and can even survive in standing water for a period of time. Soil quality hardly matters and it is a great plant for getting a garden started in a tough area. Once established it is drought resistant. It requires full sun, and while tolerant of shade has a tendency to split and fall without ample sunlight.