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Northwind Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

SKU
02296
A compact, clumping grass with excellent vertical form. Olive to blue-green foliage turns golden yellow in autumn. Airy flower panicles produce showy seed heads and lend winter interest. Sturdy stems stay upright, even under snow load, giving protection to wintering songbirds. Good for erosion control.
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Botanical PronunciationPAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer into Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Aster (Aster); Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Easy to grow and adaptable to most soil types; prefers semi-moist to wet soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, once established. Cut old foliage back and apply a general purpose fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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