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Panicum ‘Hot Rod’

Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum ‘Hot Rod’ has airy red panicles held above the foliage. Blades emerge blue-green and rapidly the whole plant turns deep rich maroon. ‘Hot Rod’ colors earlier in the season than any other selection, May-June in North America. Compact, firmly upright habit 36-40” x 36”.

Origin: UK

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 4 (-30°F or -34°C)
  • Colors earlier in the season than any other selection
  • Upright habit
  • The entire plant becomes a deep purple maroon

Patent Status: PP 26,074

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 4
Height: 36 to 40-inches
91 to 102-centimeters
Spread: 24 to 36-inches
61 to 91-centimeters
Seasons: Late Summer, Autumn
Flower Colors: Soft cream - tan
Foliage Colors: Blue-green, Maroon
Light Levels: Full-Sun, Partial-Sun
Growth Habit: Upright-arching
Usage: Borders, Containers, Garden border, Mass landscape planting, Pots, Privacy screen
Patent Status: PP 26,074
Origin: United Kingdom

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
1-gallon: 8 to 12-weeks with 1 ppp
3-gallon: 14 to 18-weeks with 1 ppp