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Switch Grass ‘Northwind’ (Panicum virgatum)

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Switch Grass is one of the easiest and most attractive ornamental grasses, with no tendency to spread or become troublesome. This selection forms a tall, narrow mound of olive-green leaves, bearing airy heads of tiny green flowers in late summer. Fall colour is golden, fading to tan. Usually attractive in the garden all winter long. Flowers are good for cutting, fresh or dried. Trim back to the ground in early spring. Clumps are easily divided in spring. Drought tolerant once established. Chosen as the 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year by The Perennial Plant Association. 

USDA Zones: 4 -9
Optimal Growing Conditions

Sun Exposure 
  Full Sun

Soil Type 
  Normal or
  Sandy or

Soil pH 
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture 
  Average or
  Dry or

Care Level 

Flower Colour 

Blooming Time 
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall

Foliage Color 
  Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics 
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size 

   120-150 cm
   47-59 inches

   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches

Foot Traffic 

Growth Rate 

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