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Northwind Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum
The tallest of the switch grasses, Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine' is a stately, native ornamental grass forming vertical clumps of attractive green foliage to 3 feet or so in height that is topped in summer by airy clouds of pinkish flower panicles that can reach up to 6 feet in height. The foliage turns a nice yellow color with orange tints in fall. Get all the details below

Northwind Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum

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Northwind Switch Grass
Panicum vuirgatum 'Northwind'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Northwind Switchgrass has beautiful olive-green to bluish-green foliage with airy, yellow flower panicles rising above the plant in mid summer. The flower panicles persist through fall and most of winter. Northwind is the most vertical grower of the switch grasses, forming an erect, narrow clump 4 to 5 feet tall. The foliage provides year round interest turning bright yellow in fall and finally to buff-white for the winter.




Landscape & Garden Uses 

Northwind Switch Grass adds excellent fine texture and color in the landscape. Growing 5 feet tall and 2 to 2.5 feet wide, Northwind Switchgrass is perfect for use as a vertical accent, a hedge or background, or in groupings or mass plantings in sunny landscape borders. A fine addition to ornamental grass gardens, perennial borders, wild gardens, native plant gardens, prairies, meadows or naturalized areas. Looks really nice near a garden pond or bog garden.

Spacing:  18-20 inches apart for mass plantings; 4 feet or more apart for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

A North American native grass, Switch Grass are very easy to grow in a wide range of soil, even clay, sandy and dry soils, though they prefer the soil to be moist. They don't like an organically rich soil so there's no need to add compost or humus to the native soil when planting. Switch Grass grow, best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. Switch grass is generally noted for its stiff, columnar form, and typically retains its vertical shape throughout the growing season. That said, too much shade and plants might become floppy. Maintenance is minimal. Cut clumps back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins to emerge.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Switch Grasses.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity:  2-2.5'
Spacing:  18-20" for mass plantings, 3' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Clumping, Grassy, Upright, Vertical
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Yellow
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Mid-Summer through Winter
Flower Type:  Airy cloud
Fragrant Flowers: No
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green to Olive-Green, Bright Yellow in Fall
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  na
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Moist to wet, tolerates dry periods
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low 
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbits, Wet Soil



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