Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’

('Northwind' Switchgrass)


$12.99


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Northwind’ is a tall ornamental switch grass cultivar which features one of the best vertical forms of any of the many panicum cultivars currently available in commerce. Olive-green to bluish-green foliage forms a compact, narrow, erect, 4-5′ tall clump of foliage which is topped in late summer by finely-textured, yellow flower panicles which hover over the foliage like an airy cloud. Flower panicles typically bring total plant height to 6′. Panicles turn beige as the seeds mature in fall with the seed plumes persisting well into winter. Foliage turns yellow-beige in fall and provides good winter interest.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Description

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Will grow in part shade, but begins to lose its columnar form in too much shade, growing more openly and possibly falling over. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Northwind' Switchgrass

Botanical Name

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

4 to 6'

Width

2 to 2.5'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Summer

Flower Color

yellow

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

olive green to blue green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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