Panicum virgatum Northwind

Switch Grass - PPA Perennial Plant of the Year 2014, Panic Grass

Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Tall 4-5' (6' in flower) (Plant 30" apart)
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower / Accent: Green / Yellow
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Tall, strongly erect ornamental grass. Pillars of olive blue-green blades provide strong vertical form - great as an accent or in a row for screening. Airy panicles of yellow seed heads crown the blades at bloom time. Turns a warm tan-yellow in the fall.

Panicum Northwind supplies an ideal wildlife habitat providing shelter and food for songbirds. Tolerates both wet and dry conditions. Switch Grass gets its name from the calming swishing sound produced with a gentle breeze. This tough ornamental grass is deer resistant, will grow near black walnut trees and even tolerates salt spray near the ocean and road salt.

Features to Note:

  • OK in Containers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Winter Interest
  • Tried & True / Good for Beginners
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Attracts Birds

Panicum General Information:

Panicum are strongly vertical grasses with good color. Best form is achieved in full sun, more open habit if given too much shade. Airy clouds of flowers provide winter interest and food for birds. Ideal grass for stabilizing slopes prone to erosion. Ornamental grasses are restricted from Oregon.

Panicum Plant Care:

Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back in early spring to 3-4" before new growth appears. Divide in spring only. Fast grower but late to wake up in the spring.

$14.95 ea.
(3+) $14.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: PANW