Panicum virgatum Totem Pole

Prairie WindsŪ Series

Switch Grass, Panic Grass

$16.95 ea. (3+ discount) $16.50 ea.

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Plant Code: PATP

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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.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
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   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower: Not Applicable
Patent: PP29,951
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Good for Hedge
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

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.