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Panicum virgatum ‘Samurai’
Panicum virgatum ‘Samurai’
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Panicum virgatum ‘Samurai’

Red Switch Grass

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 8.290.500

Another Canadian introduction, this Switch Grass develops outstanding foliage colour. It forms an upright, slightly vase-shaped mound of blue-green leaves, the tips developing red tones by midsummer that get better through the autumn. Foliage is somewhat more blue than P. ‘Blood Brothers'. Sprays of small reddish flowers develop into tan seedhead by late fall. Remains sturdy and attractive well into winter. Great in a sunny border.

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Panicum virgatum ‘Samurai’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower
   120-150 cm
   47-59 inches
   80-90 cm
   31-35 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate