Panicum virgatum ‘Hot Rod’ revs up into the red zone earlier than other switch grasses. This Emerald Coast Growers exclusive showcases firmly upright blades that emerge blue/green, then redden rapidly until the whole plant is rich, deep maroon – far before most switch grasses.
Delicate, graceful panicles in a rich red provide a lovely contrast to the foliage’s sharp lines. Tan flower heads emerge from mid-summer to mid-fall. It has a great clumping habit combined with an attractive vertical form.
A North American native, ‘Hot Rod’ offers excellent salt tolerance and durability in the landscape, plus great drought tolerance as well. Great in masses, as a stand-alone or in gardens and containers. ‘Hot Rod’ prefers full sun, spreads to 24 inches and reaches approximately 36 to 40 inches tall. It is hardy in Zones 4 to 10.