Switch Grass, Wand Panic Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Panicum (PAN-ih-kum) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Northwind

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Peoria, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Commerce Township, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Urbanna, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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Positive

On Oct 7, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Grows fast to maturity. It has wider blades than many other cultivars and it holds an upright form, not falling over.

Positive

On Jan 6, 2012, croakie from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a beautiful panicum. It's much more upright and columnar than most. It is great for a narrow area or a small garden. It has become one of my top favorites in the panicums.

Positive

On Oct 1, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of the best panicum for planting in the landscape. It doesn't lodge through heavy rain, snow, or wind. Others, aside from heavy metal, are more prone to do so. The foliage color is more green than other cultivars. For me it reached 6' tall within 2 years of planting.