Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons

Ruby Ribbons Prairie Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons' PP# 17,944(Ruby Ribbons Prairie Switch Grass) is an outstanding native, compact growing, ornamental grass that develops showy burgundy-red foliage in late summer and early fall.
Zones4 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height42-48" tall
Mature Spread24-30" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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42-48" tall x 24-30" wide. Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons' PP# 17,944 (Ruby Ribbons Prairie Switch Grass) emerges in spring with soft blue-green foliage. A selection of Panicum virgatum, it blooms in late summer with airy sprays of red flowers. As summer progresses, it develops showy burgundy-red foliage that intensifies by fall. A very easy-to-grow perennial, it thrives in a wide range of soil types and moisture levels. It's an excellent selection for use in a rain garden too.

Flat of 9 plants will cover 18-24 square feet when planted together

More Information
Associated SKUsHC016182
Common Name
Ruby Ribbons Prairie Switch Grass
Botanical Name
Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
42-48" tall
Mature Spread
24-30" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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