Panicum Totem Pole

Prairie WindsŪ Series Switch Grass, Panic Grass
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Upright Column for Vertical Interest
This upright column of steel-blue foliage withstands adverse weather conditions. Panicum Totem Pole provides needed shelter for birds during the coldest days of winter. Abundant golden seed panicles shimmer with the autumn sun. Majestic! From the Prairie WindsŪ Series, it is an ideal candidate for smaller spaces that need height and vertical interest. Switch Grass gets its name from the calming swishing sound produced with a gentle breeze. Tolerates both wet and dry conditions. This tough ornamental grass is deer resistant, will grow near black walnut trees and even tolerates salt spray near the ocean and road salt.

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Patent PP29,951

Plant Type Perennials, Grasses

Species virgatum

Height Tall 5-6' (6' in flower)

Spacing Plant 30" apart

Bloom Time Late Summer to Mid-Fall

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade

Zones 4-9

Soil Type Normal, Clay, Sandy

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Deer Resistant
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • Good for Hedge
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

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 (seed panicles) provide winter interest and food for birds. Ideal grass for stabilizing slopes prone to erosion. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

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.