Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons™ - switchgrass
Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons™ - switchgrass

Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons™ - switchgrass

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer Resistant
Panicum virgatum Ruby Ribbons™ 'RR1' PP17,944

Ruby Ribbons™ steely blue-green upright foliage is splashed with burgundy that becomes even more prominent in late summer and fall. This stunning color is enhanced by delicate, small red flower plumes that float above the foliage. Perfect for grouping in sun and ideal for attracting birds.

  • Provides year round cover and nesting for birds
  • Deer resistant, poor soil tolerant, easy to grow
  • Thrives in full sun and is extremely hardy
  • Fast grower adapts to a variety of conditions
  • Unpalatable to deer
  • Essential larval host for most banded skippers and satyrs

Native Range

Woodlands edge, breaks, fields, marshes, prairies and roadsides; Nova Scotia to Manitoba south to Nevada and Florida.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


Clumping grasses like this are also known as bunch grasses. Use these grasses en masse mixed with meadow shrubs to provide ideal wildlife habitat. This kind of layout provides protective cover, quality nesting areas and food for birds and insects.




Grows easily in full sun. Plant in average to dry soil. Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide homes for over-wintering wildlife. Cut back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins.


Mature Size: 4-5' Tall x 2-3' Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

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