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Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Also called Tall Switch Grass


Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine' - Cloud Nine Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine' - Cloud Nine Switch Grass

More About Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

  • Forms a tight, upright clump of gray-green foliage, becoming vase-shaped with age
  • Flat, leaf blades are 30 cm long, branching from upright stems
  • Grass is topped with golden, airy, cloud-like panicles
  • Leaves turn golden-yellow in the fall and tan throughout the winter
  • A good choice for the formal garden
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to mid-fall
  • Flower Height: 200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm
  • Flower Size: 30 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

4

Height:

150-200 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Gold
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Cloud Nine Switch Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

This grass grows in a wide variety of soil conditions from wet to average, and is drought tolerant, once established. Grows best in full sun and will flop over if grown in shade or overly rich soils. It should be pruned back to 10 cm above ground level in early spring.


Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine' Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Juglan Tolerant
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Summer
Lt. Sum-Fall

Habit

Upright
Vase-shape
Clumping

Foliage Color

Blue
Gray

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Naturalizing
Screening (privacy)
Roadside planting
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'

Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Dewey Blue Bitter Switch Grass