Panicum Virgatum Rehbraun Grasses
Panicum virgatum Rehbraun (Switch Grass)
Beautiful neat clumps of upright green foliage, as the season progresses the foliage changes to hues of bright red and is especially colourful by Autumn. Flower stems appear during August and September composed of many tiny purple-green spikelets, they almost seem to float above the foliage and give a super effect.
There are all sorts of uses for this elegant grass, they look very effective in bold swathes with other shapes and sizes of grasses and make a good foil for many perennials in a sunny border. They would also make a fine specimen in a generously sized container.
Panicum virgatum Rehbraun is an easy variety to grow, plant them in full sun, any soil that does not waterlog in winter.
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Panicum virgatum Rehbraun is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Panicum virgatum Rehbraun
Position: Full Sun.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 100cm x 75cm.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.