- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 4 - 5 Feet
- Mature Spread 4 - 5 Feet
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons™ is a spectacular red form of switchgrass. It first emerges with soft blue-green foliage in the spring, which matures to a deep burgundy color. Late summer, sprays of purple flowers soar above the foliage and develop into red, airy seed heads. The foliage deepens to a coppery-bronze color in the fall, giving this grass lots of seasonal interest. This gorgeous selection will not disappoint!
Ruby Ribbons has a narrow, upright form that reaches 4 – 5 feet high and 2 – 3 feet across. It is a warm-season grass that puts on most of its growth during the warm summer months. It adapts easily to a wide range of soil types and can even be used in a rain garden. This grass is resistant to drought, salt, and deer. Plant it in drifts at the back of a meadow or prairie garden, or try a single specimen to contrast broad-textured plants.
Ruby Ribbons™ Switch Grass Care
This switchgrass puts on the best color in full sun, but it can also handle part shade. It prefers alkaline soil and is not particular about soil texture or moisture levels, although the soil must drain well. It does not need to be fertilized and will flop in overly rich soil. Apply a thick layer of compost around the base to conserve moisture.
Cut this grass to the ground in late winter or early spring to make room for new growth. It requires no special care in the winter.
Ruby Ribbons™ Switch Grass Spacing
To plant a group of this grass, space individual plants approximately 2.5 feet apart on center, staggering planting rows. This grass can also be grown in a frost-proof container at least 20 inches in diameter with large drainage holes.
Ruby Ribbons™ Switch Grass Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 4 - 5 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet|
|Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): Purple, Red|
|Flower Description: Blue-Green|
|Bloom Period: Summer|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Blue|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Ruby Ribbons™ Switch Grass|
|Scientific Name: PANICUM VIRGATUM `RUBY RIBBONS`|
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.