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Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’


Red Switch Grass

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 8.290.070


A Canadian introduction, this Switch Grass develops outstanding foliage colour. It forms an upright, slightly vase-shaped mound of green-blue leaves, the tips developing blood-red tones by midsummer that get better through the autumn. Sprays of small reddish flowers develop into tan seedheads by late fall. Remains sturdy and attractive well into winter. Great in a sunny border. Discovered by Canadian gardener Dale Smith as a sport of ‘Heavy Metal’ in her former garden near St. Thomas, Ontario. If we had to pick one, this would be the most beautiful red-colored Panicum we know.

Further details for
Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’

Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
  Moist
Care Level
  Easy
Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Red
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Blue
  Red
  Variegated
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Massed
  Specimen
  Waterside
  Wild Flower
Flower Head Size
  Medium
Height
   120-150 cm
   47-59 inches
Spread
   80-90 cm
   31-35 inches
Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium













Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’


Red Switch Grass

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 8.290.070


A Canadian introduction, this Switch Grass develops outstanding foliage colour. It forms an upright, slightly vase-shaped mound of green-blue leaves, the tips developing blood-red tones by midsummer that get better through the autumn. Sprays of small reddish flowers develop into tan seedheads by late fall. Remains sturdy and attractive well into winter. Great in a sunny border. Discovered by Canadian gardener Dale Smith as a sport of ‘Heavy Metal’ in her former garden near St. Thomas, Ontario. If we had to pick one, this would be the most beautiful red-colored Panicum we know.

Further details for
Panicum virgatum ‘Blood Brothers’

Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
  Moist
Care Level
  Easy
Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Red
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Blue
  Red
  Variegated
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Massed
  Specimen
  Waterside
  Wild Flower
Flower Head Size
  Medium
Height
   120-150 cm
   47-59 inches
Spread
   80-90 cm
   31-35 inches
Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium