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Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Also called Upright Switch Grass


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More About Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

  • Forms a tight, upright clump of gray-green foliage, becoming vase-shaped with age
  • Flat, leaf blades are 30 cm long, branching almost vertically from upright stems
  • Grass is topped with slender, green, airy, cloud-like panicles
  • Leaves turn golden-yellow in the fall and tan throughout the winter
  • A good, ornamental grass for a formal garden
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to mid-fall
  • Flower Height: 150 cm
  • Foliage Height: 125 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:

125-150 cm

Spread:

70-90 cm

Colour:

Green
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Northwind Switch Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

This cultivar is one of the most drought-tolerant of the panicum. 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 'Northwind' Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Juglan Tolerant
Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright
Vase-shape

Foliage Color

Gray
Green

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Roadside planting
Specimen
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'

Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'

Warrior Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'

Heavy Metal Switch Grass