‘Northwind’ Switch Grass

Size
Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ PP#23,209
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 9b
‘Northwind’ displays strong, upright growth with steel blue foliage that turns a golden yellow in the fall. This one does not flop like other switch grasses. It is a great native plant to add a vertical dimension to the garden!
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Grass/Grass-like Plants
Growth Size:   Tall Plant - 4 to 6 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Easy To Grow, Year Round Color and Interest, Excellent Foliage Color, North American Native
Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Tolerates Wide Range of Growing Conditions, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Salt
Attracts:   
Garden Ideas:   
Perennial, Urban Minimalist, Waterwise
Flower features:    Long Flowering
Airy flower panicles produce showy, white seedheads that bloom in summer through fall
Foliage type and color:    Herbaceous, Silver
Gray-green
Landscape Uses:    Naturalizing, Grouping, Hillside, Pond’s edge (on higher, drier ground), Woodland edge
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting
‘Northwind’ Switch Grass is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Tall Plant - 4 to 6 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   4-5 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Low   Waterwise
Soil Types:   Slightly Acidic to Neutral   Tolerates dry soil   Adapted to most soil types
General Plant Care:    Care for your perennials and annuals includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Perennials and annuals often look best planted in groups of five or more plants - if you are planting multiple plants, you may want to prepare the planting area and dig all your holes at one time to plan placement. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Most grasses add texture and interest to the fall and winter garden. Allow them to stay in place until late winter or early spring. Cut or mow back before new growth appears. If grass blades are sharp or difficult to handle, try wrapping the clump with cord, burlap, or newspaper before cutting back. Depending on the size of the clump, a chain saw may come in handy.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 9b

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